Alan’s Weekly April 8th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of April 1, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 58 in net admissions (down 114 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (down 12 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 14 in admissions (down 9 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 49 in admissions (down 135 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 6.5% point in time from a year ago.


This week I had a regular meeting with the Deans.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. The Provost reported that campus is up 15% on undergraduate applications. Scott Emmons asked the Deans to reserve August 19th and 20th for professional development with a Harvard based professional development person who focuses on higher education leadership. The session will also include the Associate Deans.

Michael Doylen shared the costs for library online collections (i.e., journal subscriptions) continues to rise 5-10% per year, which translates into $125K in additional costs. The library has trimmed some expenses to accommodate this additional costs for this year, but if the trend continues, something has to be done as this is an unsustainable budget scenario for the library.

Mark Harris is reviewing each school/college’s research plan and hopes to return the research plans with feedback in the near future. The Provost emphasized the importance of providing experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students. He shared the opening of the new Office of Dual Enrollment. Jackie Nguyen is the SOE’s point person with dual enrollment issues.

Tour of Bradley Tech with College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Brett Peters

On Tuesday afternoon, I accompanied Dean Brett Peters on a visit to Bradley Tech. We met with Principal Aaron Shapiro to see how the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences might be involved with Bradley Tech. We had a productive exchange and then toured the Project Lead the Way classroom and the robotics lab. Dean Peters met a high school senior girl who will be majoring in electrical engineering at UWM this coming fall semester. Dean Peters and the Bradley Tech people are exploring how they might leverage existing partnerships with Rockwell and We Energies.

UW System Task Force Listening Session on the Teacher Pipeline

On Tuesday evening, I attended the UW System Task Force Listening session in the library 4th floor conference room. The purpose of the listening session was to solicit ideas for improving the teacher pipeline. There was a good turnout of 25-30 people who shared their thoughts on ways to improve the perception of the teaching profession as well as how the UW System can financially support students who aspire to be teachers. We had representatives from the School of Education, MPS, MATC, Next Door Foundation, UW-Platteville, SOIS, Menomonee Falls, and interested community members. Afterwards, debriefing with the task force members, they found the feedback to be extremely important and valuable. I encourage those who weren’t able to attend to submit any ideas or thoughts to the Task Force through their online website or by participating online in one of the two remaining listening sessions at Green Bay or Eau Claire.

Visit to Milwaukee Excellence Charter School

On Wednesday morning, I was invited to visit Milwaukee Excellence Charter School near 24th Street and Hampton. It is the top rated school in the area due to what it has achieved in helping students grow from low proficiency in math and English language arts to higher percentages of students gaining proficiency. It is a no frills, back to basics type of school that provides students with a lot of structure. As the Executive Director/Principal Maurice Thomas shared, Excellence provides structure and consistency to students who come from unstructured and often chaotic family situations. Every classroom is named after a university like Princeton, Harvard, MIT, etc.. Mr. Thomas shared with me that every year his 6th grade students go to Washington D.C. for a trip and another grade level goes on another out of state trip. This year they are going to St. Louis and last year they went to Atlanta. Through these field trips, students are exposed to universities and iconic landmarks like MLK’s birthplace. For most kids, this is the first time traveling out of state.

Lunch and Learn Graduate School Session

On Wednesday, I attended a lunch and learn Graduate School session. Also attending were Aaron Schutz, Stephen Wester, and Simone Conceicao. In addition, we had two current graduate students – Calvin Lewis and Allee Hochmuth share their experiences and thoughts. I want to thank Carol Wacker and Nicole Sippy of the Graduate School for organizing and coordinating the event. This is the first event the Graduate School is piloting to see if it is something worth doing with other schools and colleges to better engage graduate alumni/a and hopefully garner more financial support for graduate fellowships.

Undergraduate Student Research Poster Session

On Friday afternoon, I attended the undergraduate student research poster session in the Union Wisconsin room. The School of Education had at least ten students who presented their work. I walked around to see all the posters. I was impressed by the topics our students studied and their passion for each issue. Alexander Campos and Maria Ortiz presented posters on literacy related topics, while Emily Ernest, Nikia Handy, Rafael Munoz Echavarria, Emily Polinske, Haley Rohr, Anika Van Rossum, and Amaya Varela presented a variety of posters focused on community based, non-profit programs as well as multicultural and race related topics. I enjoyed talking to each of them. They recognize the importance of race and its impact on all aspects of life in Milwaukee. One of the students shared how she was initially a little scared to coach a group of all African American students in rugby, but after she found out they had more in common with the sport, all the fears of their perceived differences disappeared. Their insights and experience gave me great hope that the next generation is going to do some transformational things to help improve Greater Milwaukee.


Here is a nice story written by Kathy Quirk featuring Jackie Nguyen and the M3 early college pilot program. Thank you Jackie for taking the lead on this effort and for Kathy for writing about it.


On Wednesday, April 24th in the Union Ballroom, the annual UWM Length of Service Ceremony will be held starting at 3pm with a reception to follow in the Fireside Lounge. The School of Education recipients are as follows:

5 years – Stephanie Willingham
10 years – Frederick Kilp and Leigh Wallace
20 years – Nancy File, Florence Johnson, Peggy Kuhnz, and Ray Scolavino
25 years – Susie Lamborn
30 years – Craig Berg
35 years – Nadya Fouad
40 years – Mary Walz-Chojnacki


During the week of March 25-29th, everyone received an e-mail about completing their outside activities report (OAR). Please complete your OAR as soon as possible. The hard deadline is April 30th. Anyone not completing their OAR will be ineligible for the next pay plan. It takes less than a minute if you have no outside activities and just a few minutes if you have outside activities.


  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm.