Alan’s Weekly February 4th, 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 28, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 50 in net admissions (down 96 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 9 in net admissions (down 11 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 4 in admissions (down 16 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 63 in admissions (down 123 in applications)

2019 Spring semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.3% point in time from 2018.


This week I had regular meetings with Nancy File and Laura Owens, Mark Mone and Johannes Britz, and the Deans. Due to this past week’s weather closures at UWM and the public schools, a number of my activities were cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.

ACHEA Interview with 2nd Finalist – Dante Salto

On Tuesday morning, I picked up and had breakfast with Dante Salto, the 2nd finalist for the ACHEA position. Dante is currently finishing a post-doc at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina. Dante’s research interest lay in policy work involving for-profit private higher education. As he was sharing with me, public institutions in Argentina are very selective and it is the private for profit institutions that serve the masses. It is very different than the US. Afterwards, I dropped him off with Simone Conceicao. I talked to him at the end of the day. We had a nice conversation and he shared how he enjoyed his day of interviewing with the administrative leadership faculty.


It is with regret that I announce that John Horstman has chosen to end his employment with the School of Education and UWM effective immediately. John has been a member of our School community for over 8 years. He started his work in the Department of Educational Psychology in the fall of 2010. John was a key member of all of the phases of the administrative staff centralization process. We will miss John and I want to thank him for all his work in the SOE.

The Academic Affairs staff are working to coordinate the workload in John’s absence. Hope Longwell-Grice and I are exploring short- and long-term options for being short-staffed, so we appreciate your patience as the academic affairs staff re-groups and make plans to address this significant change.


The UW System has created an eight person task force to advancing teachers and school leaders in the State of Wisconsin. Deb Kerr, Brown Deer Superintendent and a UWM SOE Board of Visitor member is one of the co-chairs along with Diana Hess, Dean at UW-Madison. I am attaching their charge (PDF) from the UW System. They will be reporting their findings and recommendations at the UW Regents meeting in June at UWM.


Donna Pasternak shared with me that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has approved the 6 programs under review. As a result, we are in compliance with the rules and may carry on certifying educators in the six program areas under the old licenses through 2023.


  • 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.