Alan’s Weekly May 13th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of May 6, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in net admissions (down 97 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 0 in net admissions (down 11 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 10 in admissions (down 10 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G) – up 18 in admissions (down 118 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 4.2% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 3.6%.


This week I had regular meetings with the Provost, Kelsey Autin, Sara Jozwik, Carol Wacker, Simone Conceicao, Katy Sage, Adrienne Woods, Aaron Schutz, and the Deans.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost. The Provost shared information on the potential upcoming pay plan. While it is being called a 2% + 2% for 2020/21, it is actually a 1.8% + 1.8% since the Chancellor is taking 10% for a meritorious distribution. If approved, this would occur on January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Most of the pay plan is devised for solid performers. Each Executive Committee must determine if their faculty and teaching academic staff are solid performers. All other supervisors of non-teaching academic staff and university staff will do similarly. These determinations must be turned into the Dean’s office through Erica Yewlett by May 17th. For the Chancellor’s fund, all recommendations must be given to the respective Dean by June 14th. I will then submit my recommendations based on the input from each department and supervisor to the Chancellor’s office soon afterwards. All ECs and supervisors should provide a rationale for the Chancellor’s funds, whereas the solid performer is a yes or no determination. If someone did not complete the online training or the outside activities report, then will automatically be deemed a non-solid performer and be ineligible for the pay plan.

Jonathan Feld from MATC attended our meeting and shared opportunities to collaborate on transfer agreements with MATC. There are evidently some legislative efforts to streamline transfer policies for the benefit of students. This is an item worth watching as the legislative process unfolds.

Patricia Borger ended our meeting with an update on the Capital Campaign. UWM is at $224M raised and anticipates it will end at around $235M to $240M by June 30th, which is the end of the campaign. There will be a big celebration on September 12th. Thanks to the efforts of Carol Wacker, the School of Education has tentatively met its goal. Congratulations Carol for a job well done!

Chapman Society Luncheon

Later on Tuesday, I attended the Chapman Society luncheon at the Wisconsin Club. This is an annual event for people who are sizable donors to UWM. I sat at a table with Henry Kepner as well as Emily and Mike Robertson along with Carol Wacker and Sue Weslow from the Chancellor’s office. Former Chancellor John Schroeder gave a presentation based on a new book he wrote about the modern history of UWM from 1956 to 2016. It was a fun event to attend and learn about the history of UWM.

Cooperating Teacher Gala

On Tuesday evening, I attended the 5th Annual Cooperating Teacher Gala at the Italian Conference Center. The Gala was sponsored by the Meenic Foundation. They have been great supporters for the School of Education in recognizing the contributions of cooperating teachers and supervisors. I want to thank Christie Peters and Corby Anderson for organizing the evening’s event. It was a nice way to acknowledge and recognize the people who help us produce great teaching candidates through their field and student teaching experiences.

Luncheon for Honorary Doctorate Recipient, Dr. Mary Kellner

The Department of Educational Psychology in collaboration with the Dean’s office hosted a luncheon for Honorary Doctorate recipient, Dr. Mary Kellner at the Harbor House on Wednesday. The Chancellor attended the beginning to congratulate and recognize the impact Dr. Kellner has made to UWM and the Greater Milwaukee community. The Provost accompanied me to the luncheon and shared this thoughts of appreciation to Dr. Kellner for her honorary doctorate to be received on Sunday, May 19th at the Black ceremony in the morning.

Legacy Seminar by Jack Simpson

On Thursday morning, Carol Wacker worked with Jack Simpson to offer a Legacy Seminar at the Alumni House, which focuses on people who are interested in considering a planned gift to the School of Education. I want to thank Carol Wacker for organizing the event. It was a nice and intimate setting with some great examples of how to make a legacy gift.

Staff Advisory Committee Meeting

Following the Legacy Seminar, I drove back to campus to attend the staff advisory committee meeting. I gave the committee a preview of the All School Meeting updates as well as encouraged them to continue to be problem solvers and to adapt to the changing landscape of higher education.

All School Meeting

After lunch on Thursday, we held the All School Meeting in the library 4th floor conference room. I started the meeting by giving updates on fall semester credit generation. It is up 3.6%, which is great news if we can hold onto it through the fall semester census date. The summer is down 4.2% and we hope it closer to zero by the time all the dust settles. I shared positive activities within the School of Education including the Cooperating Teacher Gala (see above), the successful UEDP external review, the hosting of 17 MPS students from our Grow Your Own program, and the great excitement around our Go Milwaukee events this spring. I also shared that Carol Wacker is in the process of finalizing a $1.5M planned gift for student scholarships. And last of all, I shared that Judith Jablonski is coordinating a CANVAS camp on June 3rd. It is a drop-in event, so I encourage all people who haven’t learned or transferred their online courses to CANVAS yet to attend this event and work with Judith.

I introduced Judith Jablonski and Maria Alicea-Reed. I also introduced Bill Keith as the external augmented chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning starting in August. Bill is a Professor of English from the College of Letters and Science.

Jeremy Page shared information on the retention committee and the first year experience. Jessica Russell followed with an update on the schools’ budget. She shared that we are projected to have a balanced budget for this year as well as next year, assuming no major enrollment declines.

Barb Daley announced the faculty awards – Raji Swaminathan for research; Bo Zhang for teaching; and Jackie Nguyen for service. Kristin Roosevelt and Kerry Korinek announced the staff excellence awards – Nicole Beier, Sarah Osborne, and Mary Stone.

Raji Swaminathan, Bo Zhang & Jackie Nguyen pose for pictures with their faculty awards.
Nicole Beier, Mary Stone & Sarah Osborne posing with their 2019 staff awards for excellence.

I subsequently recognized the people who left the School of Education in the past year – Les Johnson, John Horstman, Kristen Taylor, and Ryan Mason. Retiring from the School of Education during the past year or in the near future are: Tom Baskin, Michael Bonds, Barbara Daley, and Amy Otis-Wilborn.

To end the All School meeting, the Provost shared updates pertaining to the campus budget and the potential pay plan. He also shared developments with the Connected Systems Institute, Data Science Institute, and the opening of the Lubar Entrepreneurial Center.

The Faculty Assembly meeting started after a 10 minute break from the All School meeting. The Faculty Assembly decided to review their by-laws during the next academic year.

Accessibility Resource Center Awards

On Friday morning, I attended the Accessibility Resource Center Awards in the Union. We had two members of the School of Education receive awards, Senior Lecturer – Angel Hessel and Ad hoc instructor – Gabriel Lopez Jauregui. It was a nice ceremony and recognition for the awardees who provide an inclusive learning environment for students needing accessibility resources.

Bradley Tech Commission Meeting

Later Friday afternoon, I participated in the Bradley Tech Commission meeting. There was nothing unusual to this meeting as the normal reports were made out by the respective committees and individuals. Two students attended the meeting. One student provided testimony for being the 1st recipient of the Fran Croak Scholarship. The second student provided testimony for being named an apprentice for Harley Davidson. She also unveiled a new mural in the Bradley Tech library that was supported by the ACCESS grant from the UWM SOE. It depicts the life cycle of a student at Bradley Tech and it illustrated a powerful story.


This past week I received notification from the Secretary of the University’s office that Marika Kovacs-Houlihan is the 2018-19 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. Congratulations Marika for this outstanding accomplishment!


  • SOE Picnic in front of Enderis Hall, Thursday, July 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm