Alan’s Weekly April 29th, 2019

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of April 22, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 58 in net admissions (down 88 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (down 11 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 9 in admissions (down 6 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 54 in admissions (down 105 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 8.6% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is down .7%.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular meetings with Nancy File and Laura Owens, Jackie Nguyen, Hope Longwell-Grice, Kathy Quirk, Provost and Chancellor, and the Deans. This week I met with the last finalist for the IUE Faculty Director’s position.

Sanford Inspire

On Monday, I hosted Veronica Calvo from Chicago, who is with Sanford Inspire. Sanford Inspire provides free online professional development for teachers. They are looking for university partners to work with to develop more online modules. I shared with Ms. Calvo that this might be a good opportunity to collaborate with the Institute for Urban Education and our charter schools as well as with MPS as part of our M3 efforts.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. The Provost shared an update on the potential 2% + 2% pay plan (see e-mail I forwarded) being put forth by the UW System for consideration by the legislators. The plan won’t be known until sometime in the summer and is anticipated to be paid out in January 2020 and January 2021. It is unknown whether this pay plan will be merit or solid performer based, although governance has put forth their ideas.

The Provost shared information on the post-tenure review process. Each department should be having tenured faculty undergo a post tenure review process on a rotating basis.

The Provost requested that each school/college share their workload policy and provide any updates. The Provost and Katie Miota will be meeting with each school/college about their outstanding learning environment (OLE) goals. It has changed somewhat since we submitted it in January due to reduction in the number of goal metrics being required. Mark Harris is planning to meet with each school/college to review their research plan. I intend to involve the research committee members in our meeting sometime in May.

The last item the Provost shared was to ensure each school and college infuse some form of experiential learning in their undergraduate programs. The School of Education already requires field experiences and student teaching and other real life experiences, so there is no further need to do anything on this issue.

Length of Service Ceremony

On Wednesday afternoon, the length of service ceremony was held in the Union Ballroom. Erica Yewlett announced the School of Education recipients for length of service. The SOE recipients in attendance were: Leigh Wallace (10 years); Ray Scolavino (20 years); Susie Lamborn (25 years); Craig Berg (30 years) and Mary Walz-Chojnacki (40 years). Congratulations to everyone and thank you for your dedicated service to UWM and the School of Education.

Grow Your Own Meeting

On Thursday morning, I participated in the Grow Your Own meeting. Pulaski High School is going to continue in the program after all. There was discussion at our last meeting that they might pull out due to the tight IB curriculum. There are currently 17 students at Madison and 15 at Pulaski. Most of the students are freshmen. They will be visiting MATC on April 30th and UWM on May 2nd.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANGEL HESSEL AND GABRIEL LOPEZ JAUREGUI  FOR RECEIVING THE 2019 ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCE CENTER AWARD

This week I received notification from the Accessibility Resource Center that Angel Hessel and Gabriel Lopez Jauregui are the 2019 recipients of the ARC Award. This annual award is designated to honor faculty and staff who have shown outstanding awareness and sensitivity to students with unique needs and/or those who have integrated the concept of Universal Design into instruction. Individuals who receive the ARC Excellence Award have demonstrated excellence by providing academic accommodations or by providing universally designed instructional materials while maintaining the integrity of the academic program. Congratulations Angel and Gabriel for receiving this award.

TEACHER TALK: MORE THAN THE CURRICULUM

I received this video link from Justin Parmenter from Charlotte, NC. It is similar to a TedTalk about how teachers are more than the curriculum. It has some powerful messages within the talk.

2019 LITERACY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ON JUNE 20TH & 21ST

Leanne Evans and Candance Doerr-Stevens are co-organizing the 38th Annual Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium for June 20th and 21st at the School of Continuing Education. Here is the website. It provides information about the presenters, the program agenda, the UW graduate course contacts, and more. Please share this information with any interested people including school district partners – https://uwm.edu/education/academics/38th-annual-wisconsin-literacy-research-symposium/

CANVAS CAMP: JUNE 3RD, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, B73 ENGELMANN HALL

All teaching staff and faculty using Canvas are invited to this day-long Canvas training and build event. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by June 1.

Training sessions will be running all day: Stop into the session that fits your needs! Schedule here. In addition, there will be a separate room in Engelmann for unstructured individuals/teams to work on your own Canvas sites, with support from Judith (Ed Tech consultant; jjablon@uwm.edu) and from the CETL walk-in support team. We hope everyone in SOE receives enough support to walk away with at least one of their Fall courses built!

DATES TO REMEMBER

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