Alan’s Weekly June 3rd, 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 27, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 101 in applications
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 13 in applications
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 20 in admissions (down 5 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 20 in admissions (down 119 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 7.9% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 2.8%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Chancellor and Provost, Hope Longwell-Grice, Simone Conceicao, and the Deans.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met for their monthly meeting. I provided a brief budget update with our fall SCH up 2.8% and our summer SCH down 7.9%. I shared that the Deans are working on a standardized workload document for all departments to use. The chairs will have input when it is shared later this summer and before it is finalized. Next, I shared information on the post-tenure review process and schedule. Since 2017/18, every tenured faculty member who had not undergone a tenure or promotion review in the past three years must go through a post-tenure review in 2018/19 or 2019/20. After that, tenured faculty members must go through a post-tenure review every five years.

Subsequently, I shared the UEDP completed a successful external review and is awaiting the external reviewers report. Kudos go out to Marie Sandy and Aaron Schutz for shepherding the process. Next, I received feedback on the SOE research plan from the research committee and will be working on revising it this summer prior to submission in mid-August. The SOE faculty will have an opportunity to review and provide feedback in the fall. The focus of the research plan is on metrics associated with external funding, publications, and doctoral graduation productivity.

I shared with the chairs I am reviewing all department’s differentiated workload policies, focusing on the productivity expectations when a reduced teaching load is given. As part of this process, I have engaged other Deans of R1 Colleges/Schools of Education to get a sense of their expectations for research productivity. To date, the expectations shared have been consistent across all the R1 institutions I have contacted.

Following this, I provided updates on the Grow Your Own visits from MPS and New Berlin. They were highly successful and provided us with some insights into what is and is not attractive to students as they are looking at institutions to consider.

I shared updates on new appointments including the hiring of Dr. Denise Ross as the new Institute for Urban Education (IUE) Director and Christie Peters as the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences. The search for the DHH visiting assistant professor will have two finalists on campus during the 2nd week of June. The faculty support position is bringing in one more candidate to interview and anticipates being completed by mid-June.

The last item I shared was the UW Regents meeting this week. The Education committee meeting will be Thursday from 9am to 10:30am in the Wisconsin room. They will be reporting on the UW Task Force on the Teacher Pipeline and their recommendations.

Following my updates, Jeremy Page shared updates on strategic enrollment initiatives including the first year experience. Ten faculty and staff have volunteered to support this effort starting this fall semester. He also shared information on the meeting below on the Post-bacc to 2nd degree for teacher education programs. The purpose of the meeting is to capture next steps and necessary approvals with campus stakeholders. He also shared that Ryan Mason’s replacement search is conducting interviews and should be completed in the near future.

After Jeremy’s update, Hope provided a draft support sheet showing all appropriate people to contact for certain issues. The chairs provided feedback and this document will be shared when it is finalized. Hope also shared that Maria Alicea-Reed, the 5th floor receptionist is leaving the SOE. Her last day is Friday, May 31st. Hope continued with the next agenda item to talk about the summer work of program coordinators and the expectations held across departments to get the work done. She will be sharing the information she gathered with the chairs.

And finally, the Deans and chairs had a discussion about the data we have available and how are we going to use it. We decided we are going to meet bi-weekly this summer to come up with a plan to use the data we have to inform our decision making and move the School forward together.

SOE Post-Bac/2nd Degree Meeting

On Thursday morning, I attended a meeting organized by Jeremy Page to examine all the details associated with pursuing second degree options along with the required processes. Seth Zlotoche, the University Registrar was there to share information about coding degree programs and timelines for ideally getting this work done. With the new budget model, degree production is paramount to university funding and UWM accountability metrics and we must leverage aspects within the model when we have an opportunity to do so.

M3 Early College Celebration

Later Thursday afternoon, I attended the M3 Early College celebration at the New Welcome Center at the corner of Kenwood and Maryland. This work was featured in an article by Kathy Quirk in late March. Mark Mone of UWM, Keith Posley from MPS, and Vicki Martin from MATC were all there to celebrate M3 early college students. Each one of them addressed the crowd and the need to scale this effort up. There were 32 students who earned 10 credits toward their college degree. The students came from variety of MPS high schools including King, Reagan, Pulaski, James Madison, Marshall, Milwaukee School of Languages, Riverside, South Division, and Bay View. Next year, they plan to have 60 students. Currently, 160 students have applied to the program.


Christie PetersI want to congratulate Christie Peters for accepting the offer to be the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences. Christie has been performing this role in an interim role since last September. She has done an exemplary job and her candidacy rose to the top during the search process. I know Christie will continue to work to advance the Office of Clinical Experiences under the supervision of Hope Longwell-Grice.


  • Academic Staff Project Day, Friday, June 7th
  • SOE Picnic in front of Enderis Hall, Thursday, July 25th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
  • Hartford Elementary School Welcome Back the Kids to School, Tuesday, September 3rd at 7:15 am.
  • All School Meeting, Thursday, September 12th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm