Alan’s Weekly January 21st, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of January 14, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 55 in net admissions (down 80 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 6 in net admissions (down 6 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is even in admissions (down 1 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 61 in admissions (down 87 in applications)

2019 Spring semester credit hours signed up for is down 3.8% point in time from 2018.


With the start of the spring semester, I wish everyone a good start to the semester. This week I had regular meetings with Katy Sage, Erica Yewlett and Jessica Russell, Simone Conceicao, Carol Wacker, Jeremy Page, and the Deans.

Central City CyberSchool

On Monday morning, I attended a meeting at Central City CyberSchool with representatives from Northwestern Mutual. As a board member, I am supporting Central City CyberSchool’s plans to add 9th grade starting in August 2019 and an additional grade in each of the following three years until they have a high school and a full K-12 school. The meeting was very productive and informative. I am hopeful it will produce a strong partnership. We are seeking partnerships with MATC, Rockwell, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Harley Davidson, and Foxcomm.

M3 Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended a M3 meeting. The meeting focused on the Grow Your Own initiative. I shared my thoughts on a number of issues including providing an overview of the program to date. Joe Maddalena provided information on the funding provided by Bader Philanthropies and asked when the coordinator would be in place. I checked with Hope Longwell-Grice, who attended a meeting of the GYO at the same time at Pulaski and she gave me an update on the status of the committee’s work including the coordinator’s position, student experiences, and whether we can use any of the funds to support student scholarships. I asked Carol Wacker to attend the next GYO meeting to share the parameters of the Bader grant.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

Later Tuesday afternoon, the Deans and Chairs met. I provided an update on School of Education’s enrollment and budget with Jessica. Right now, the School of Education spring semester credit generation is down 3.8%. Also, last Friday, I received a memo from the New Budget Model team indicating what our adjustment to our budget would be. If you recall, in early November, Jessica Russell and I met with the New Budget Model team (see November 12th Monday message). We made our case for an additional $530K to be added to our unadjusted budget. This amount would allow us to maintain the status quo in terms of personnel and provide some funding to support a limited differentiated workload. Our adjusted figure for the new budget model funding provided an additional $175K. As a result, Jessica and I will be monitoring our budget situation closely. We will have a better perspective on where we are after the spring semester census date in about a month. In the meantime, Jessica and I will be reviewing all options to reduce expenses or generate revenue.

Following the updates, I shared a draft of the School of Education’s 3/6/10 year goal setting framework. This is due January 31st to the Provost. I asked the chairs to provide any further suggestions by Friday, January 25th. Following this agenda item, Hope provided clarification on the instructor qualification verification form that is required for any ad hoc who does not have the degree above the level they are teaching.

Subsequently, Jeremy shared an update on the enrollment management efforts including the recent release of the annual marketing report. And an item for the good of the order that Hope brought to the table addressed the upcoming HLC visit and the way programs are going to demonstrate how learning objectives are assessed.

CRP with DPI

On Thursday, I was in and out of various Continuous Review Program meetings with Jenna Buchner from the Department of Public Instruction. We had six programs (early childhood, science, social studies, MCEA special education, music, and reading) up for review this year. As I reviewed each program and the unit report, there were common themes emerging across each program area. The meetings with Jenna Buchner were productive and constructive. I want to thank Donna Pasternak, Hope Longwell-Grice, and Kerry Korinek for organizing the review meetings. I also want to thank the program coordinators (Nancy File and Liz Smith, Nancy Rice, Sheila Feay Shaw and Scott Emmons, Tania Habeck, Craig Berg, and Jeffrey Hawkins) for preparing their reports and sharing their thoughts with DPI.

Office of Clinical Experiences Student Teacher Orientation

On Friday morning, I welcomed and encouraged all the students who are student teaching this semester. I want to thank Christie Peters, Kim Jacobson, and Colby Anderson for organizing a great orientation for our student teachers. It is always inspiring to see the next generation of teachers preparing to make a difference in children’s lives.


  • March 2nd –  SOE Basketball Fun Night v. Wright State at 6:00 pm at Panther Arena.
  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm.