Alan’s Weekly May 27th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Summer and Fall 2019 semester as of May 20, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 99 in applications
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 9 in applications
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 17 in admissions (down 9 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 17 in admissions (down 117 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 6.1% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 2.9%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Jeremy Page, Nancy File and Laura Owens, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Jackie Nguyen, Kathy Quirk, and the Deans.

UWM Graduation

On Sunday morning during the Black ceremony, I was honored to congratulate all the School of Education graduates. In addition, the School of Education bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Educational Psychology to Dr. Mary Kellner at the beginning of the ceremony. It was a well-deserved honor for Dr. Kellner, who has given so much back to the community from her work at Next Door Foundation to the impact the Kelben Foundation has had on thousands of first generation college going students. Her humility is awe inspiring and her graciousness is something I wish we had more of in our leaders today. For Mary, it is all about impact and making a difference.

SOAR Exploration

On Monday morning, I attended a meeting with the SOAR representatives. SOAR stands for Shared Office for Administration of Research. It is a collaboration among the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and School of Public Health. SOAR provides services ranging from preparation and submission of grant proposals to everything associated with running a grant. I believe this may be a great opportunity to provide collaborative opportunities for our faculty to work on external funding projects with faculty across the other SOAR partners.


With a few exceptions, D2L will not be available for the School of Education in the Fall 2019 semester. To help you build and set-up courses in Canvas, we invite you to the Canvas Camp on June 3rd. Canvas Camp is an all-day course build event that combines key topics of the Canvas: Basics and Canvas: Advanced workshops. You can check out the agenda and drop into relevant modules here.

The camp is being held in Engelmann Hall. Judith Jablonski will be there along with staff of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). We’re providing lunch too. Please RSVP (by 6/2) to let us know if you’ll be joining us and so we can provide you with a lunch: https:\\ (p.s. You will need to bring your laptop!)


As many of you know, over the past six months, Jackie has helped the Dean’s office with a number of projects as an administrative intern. She has done an exemplary job chairing several staff searches, early college dual enrollment opportunities with MPS, first year experience, being our liaison to support academic programming at UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County among other things. As of the end of May, Hope Longwell-Grice and Jeremy Page will be the lead people for activities Jackie was involved with. I wish Jackie all the best as she goes on sabbatical during the fall semester and thank her for all she has done for the School of Education over the past six months.


I was informed by Lynn Sedivy that one of our alums, Nathan Fox, recently won the MACL Award given by the Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators (MMABSE) for his work in helping motivate, encourage, and assisting African American students.


Dr. Denise RossIt is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Denise Ross as the new Institute for Urban Education UW System Chair. Dr. Ross comes from Western Michigan University. Dr. Ross received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Spelman College and her masters and doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University with a major in Special Education and a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Her scholarly work focuses on developing language and literacy interventions for economically marginalized children and adults. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Ross successfully led a team of local and national community partners in a grant competition to fund a contract-charter school in the Chicago Public Schools. She has established and/or led approximately 20 multi-year pre-service and in-service professional development partnerships with school districts in New York City, Chicago, South Florida (Palm Beach and Broward County districts) and Kalamazoo, MI. We look forward to her arrival in the near future.


  • Academic Staff Project Day, Friday, June 7th
  • SOE Picnic in front of Enderis Hall, Thursday, July 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • All School Meeting, Thursday, September 12th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm