APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE
Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of February 4, 2019, point in time from a year ago.
Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 59 in net admissions (down 99 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 9 in net admissions (down 14 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 7 in admissions (down 17 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G) – down 75 in admissions (down 130 in applications)
2019 Spring semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.1% point in time from 2018.
This week I had regular meetings with Provost, Adrienne Woods, Aaron Schutz, and the Deans. I also attended the meeting with the first finalist for the College of Health Sciences Dean search. She is the first of four finalists for the position.
On Monday afternoon, I attended the APBC meeting. I gave an update on spring enrollment as noted above. Jessica gave a budget update, saying she is projecting a balanced budget for this year. Unfortunately, this budget does not include several faculty positions nor funds to support a differentiated workload policy. I also shared with the APBC that we had some unanticipated expenses crop up due to an obligation in a MOU with the Electa Quinney Institute.
Jeremy and Jessica shared the importance of degree versus post-bac production in our new budget funding model. The new budget model rewards “degree” production. As a result, if we want to maximize our budget allocation, we need to move away from post-bac to second degree or master’s degree earning programs.
Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee Meeting
Later Monday afternoon, I participated in the Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee meeting. We set the agenda for next week’s meeting and determined when we would meet this semester. Elise will be sending out the agenda. Our meetings will be two Mondays before the Faculty Assembly meeting at 2pm.
Deans Provost Meeting
On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. Dev Venugopalan updated the Deans on the upcoming HLC accreditation process. He asked all the Deans to communicate to faculty about the importance of the assessment process and learning outcomes they are using for students. Dev also shared information about international enrollments – they are down.
Marija G-J gave an update on graduate enrollments and international recruitment efforts. These efforts are focused mainly on graduate programs in STEM, business, and IT.
Scott Emmons gave an update on the Deans professional development sessions being planned. They are looking at a several options to bring in people for a two day session, sometime in late May or early summer. There is further discussion on who would be included. Associate Deans and aspiring administrators are potential groups to include in addition to the Deans.
The last thing shared was by Interim Dean of the College of General Studies, Stephen Schmid. He is inquiring which schools and colleges are interested in offering courses and programs at one or both satellite campuses (UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County). I shared with Stephen that the SOE would be interested in exploring the opportunities there. I have asked Jackie Nguyen to be the point person in exploring opportunities for departments and programs.
Grow Your Own Meeting at North Division High School
On Thursday morning, I participated in a zoom meeting for the Grow Your Own program. Due to the icy conditions, we provided zoom for people to participate. From UWM, Craig Berg, Angel Hessel, Hope Longwell-Grice, Jeremy Page, and I were involved. UWM will be hosting 20 high school students from James Madison and Pulaski (tentatively slated for in early May). We are also exploring the possibility of involving the 20 students with College for Kids this summer at UWM.
Bradley Tech Education Committee Meeting
After the Grow Your Own meeting, I participated in a Bradley Tech education committee meeting using zoom due to the icy road conditions. Principal Aaron Shapiro provided several updates on the Southwest Airlines grant received, full programming needs and he wanted to discuss the possibility of bringing IB career programming to the school. We were very supportive of the exploration.
CHRIS LAWSON ON “UNSCHOOLING”
Chris Lawson was interviewed for a piece on “unschooling.” Here is a link to the interview on TMJ4. Nice job Chris for providing a nice balance on unschooling.
NEW FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENT
I am happy to announce that Dr. Dante Salto will be joining the Department of Administrative Leadership this coming fall. I will share a biography of Dr. Salto when it becomes available. I want to thank the search committee for hosting the two finalists and making them feel welcomed.
DATES TO REMEMBER
- 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.