APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE
Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of March 4, 2019, point in time from a year ago.
Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 54 in net admissions (down 100 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (down 16 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 6 in admissions (down 10 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G) – down 55 in admissions (down 126 in applications)
This week I had regular meetings with Provost, Adrienne Woods, Aaron Schutz, and the Deans.
On Monday mid-day, I attended the APBC meeting. I gave a brief update on enrollment issues and efforts and encouraged APBC to advocate for changes that will result in new enrollment gains. The rest of the meeting was spent discussing various ways to encourage faculty to innovate or explore offering their programs/courses at Waukesha, Washington County, or other off-campus options.
Coordinating Committee Meeting
After the APBC meeting, the coordinating committee met to set the agenda for next week’s Faculty Assembly meeting. There will be several updates from the LEAP committee, Ed. Psy. 100 courses, and what Governor Evers has proposed in his budget plan for the UW System.
Deans and Chairs Meeting
On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held a meeting. The first thing we did was to introduce Judith Jablonski, our new Ed. Technologist. Following this introduction, Dev Venugopalan shared information on WEAVE as we prepare for an upcoming Higher Learning Commission review.
Afterwards, I gave an update on the budget and the spring semester credit generation. We will have a balance operating budget for this fiscal year, but until we reverse the enrollment decline, I do not foresee any new faculty positions or being able to return to a 2-3 or 2-2 faculty teaching load. Our future hinges on our ability to increase enrollments. I also shared that on or around April 1st, Dario Elia will be sending out online surveys to eligible faculty and teaching academic staff to provide feedback on their department chair(s). The survey will be open for two weeks.
Following my updates, Hope Longwell-Grice shared updates on various staff searches. The 5th floor receptionist has been hired and will be starting soon.
After Hope’s updates, Simone Conceicao inquired about what each department is doing to market their programs. All the chairs shared what they are doing and out of this discussion, a request to invite Nicole Schanen and Tina Keller to our April meeting was put forth. Subsequently, Simone asked about a program/curriculum dashboard.
At the end of the meeting, Hope asked about the timing of hiring ad hocs given the new HR requirements shared by Erica Yewlett at our last meeting. There was no decision made to change anything, although we need to make decisions as soon as possible when it regards hiring ad hocs to start teaching, so that all the necessary HR requirements can be done in a timely manner.
On Friday afternoon, we held our 2nd Go Milwaukee event. Jackie Nguyen demonstrated to parents and students what an engaging and interactive mock lesson looks like using the Duncker experiment. She had all the students and parents on the edge of their seats. Once again, I want to thank Rob Longwell-Grice for organizing this event along with the help of Emilee Schultz, Alexandra Maier, Nikki Claas, Waii Kukimiya, Shakayla Telford, and Alyssa Molinski. Next year, Emilee will be taking over the Go Milwaukee events. We will host our 3rd Go Milwaukee event on Saturday, April 6th.
Bradley Tech Meeting
On Friday afternoon, I attended a ceremony at Bradley Tech for a partnership with Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines is looking for more aviation mechanics and Bradley Tech is starting a program to train students for this pathway. Bradley Tech also received a $5K grant from PGE. It was a great way for Bradley Tech to start the weekend. My kudos go out to Principal Aaron Shapiro.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SOE NOMINEES FOR UWM ALUMNI EMPLOYEE AWARDS
I want to congratulate Gary Williams and Ray Scolavino for being nominated for two separate UWM Alumni Employee Awards. Gary was nominated for the Inspiring Student Success Award and Ray was nominated for the Community-University: We Make a Difference Award. Good luck gentlemen! The awardees will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 27th.
SOE LOST A FRIEND IN BILL HABERMAN
This past week, I found out Bill Haberman recently passed away. Bill was a big supporter of the arts and early childhood education. The Herzfeld Foundation, where he was President, supported arts and early childhood initiatives and the greater Milwaukee community lost a true friend. I will always remember Bill as a person of honor and someone who always gave you his honest thoughts about community issues. He will be missed.
EYETH DAY ON MARCH 30TH
The Eyeth day is being supported by our ASL program on Saturday, March 30th. Please see the updated flyer (PDF) for further information.
GOODBYE AND THANK YOU TO JAMES – CUSTODIAN STAFF ON 3, 4, AND 5TH FLOOR
On Friday, I said good bye to James, our custodian for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors. His last day will be Thursday, March 14th. If you see him, please wish him all the best in his new job with MPS.
There will be no Monday message for March 18th.
DATES TO REMEMBER
- May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm.