Alan’s Weekly June 10th, 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 June 3, 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 23 in admissions (down 5 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 23 in admissions (down 119 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 8.8% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 2.0%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Provost and the Deans.

Bader Philanthropies Luncheon

On Wednesday midday, I attended a luncheon at Bader Philanthropies to release the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s new report on Workforce Study Upward Mobility: Assessing the Characteristics of Greater Milwaukee’s Growing Hispanic Workforce. Following the luncheon, there was a panel discussion involving UWM Chancellor Mark Mone among the four panelists. The Wisconsin Policy Forum shared data linking the lack of educational attainment of Hispanics to economic prosperity and higher job prospects. The panel went on to articulate ways to address the challenges, so that Hispanics can experience the opportunities associated with higher educational attainment.

UW Regents Meeting

On Thursday and Friday, I spent time at the UW Regents meeting. On Thursday morning I attended the Education committee meeting, where the Task Force on the Teacher Pipeline co-chairs, Dean Diana Hess and Brown Deer Superintendent Deb Kerr gave an update on their work. They outlined some of the things they heard through the three listening sessions including a loan forgiveness program. They also cautioned the Regents that this issue is bigger than the UW System and needs legislative support. Their final report will be given at the July 12th Regents meeting in Madison.

Later in the session, Provost Johannes Britz and supporting representatives received approval for three degree programs. For the last agenda item of the education committee, the Provost and Katie Miota gave a presentation entitled, “An Outstanding Learning Environment for All Students.” They outlined what UWM is doing to increase student success.

After lunch, Chancellor Mark Mone gave a presentation entitled, “Meeting Wisconsin’s Needs through Collaboration.” He focused on four main areas: 1) Healthcare; 2) Entrepreneurship; 3) Education; and 4) Workforce development. In education, he shared about the persistent challenges facing Wisconsin with the equity achievement gap and the challenges around the teacher pipeline being examined by the Task Force. His main message was UWM has a major role to play in addressing these issues, but can’t do it alone. It is only through collaboration that we can resolve some of these vexing challenges facing Wisconsin.


I want to announce after a deliberative process involving the research committee doing a thorough call for and review of applications and forwarding their recommendation, Karen Stoiber from the Department of Educational Psychology will be the next Endowed Kellner Professor for five years. I want to thank the research committee (Simone Conceicao, Nadya Fouad, Laura Owens, and Kalyani Rai) for their work. Congratulations Karen on being selected for this endowed professorship.


Tom Scott shared with me last week that two former students received awards from the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English and the Wisconsin Council of English Education. The two students are Alyssa Prindl, who received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award. She did her student teaching at Bradley Tech. The other awardee is Elly Hauber, who received the Nancy Hoefs Memorial Award for Outstanding First-Year Teacher. Elly is teaching at Rufus King. Congratulations to Alyssa and Elly. They do UWM’s School of Education proud!


Canvas logo.This summer is a great opportunity to transition your course site to Canvas! To help you with the transition, the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) is offering VIP sessions designed to help you migrate your D2L course to Canvas.

During your VIP Session, you will have one-on-one support from a CETL staff member. You will have the consultant’s full attention for 2 hours. We will download your course from D2L and upload it into Canvas. We will also help you fix any migration issues that occurred during the move. Once the session is over, you will have personalized guide for publishing your course to students and be prepared to migrate any other courses from D2L to Canvas. Prerequisite: Canvas Basics Training (Summer Schedule here). Register soon as spaces are limited! For more info, read the Canvas VIP Sessions Flyer (PDF).


Canvas logo.The June 3rd Canvas Camp course build event was a great success. Fifteen SOE faculty and instructors participated with several reporting that they were able to complete their Fall course(s). Thank you to Jackie Nguyen and Judith Jablonski for their organization and marketing efforts. And a shout out to Lane Sunwall of the Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning for leading the day-long workshop and his CETL colleagues who worked with our faculty individually.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that you will need to make your graduate and undergraduate students aware of the Canvas transition. Current students will need to be reminded the D2L will end in January 2020—so they will want to download anything they will want to keep for future reference (i.e., readings, writing, and items they will need for their portfolios).

Lane Sunwall from CETL teaches a Canvas Camps class attended by School of Education faculty and teaching staff.


Consider nominating a SOE Alumni for one of UWM’s Outstanding Alumni Awards. You can either nominate the person yourself, or send your suggestions to Rob Longwell-Grice. Nominations are available online and due August 16th.


If you have gently used shoes, please consider donating them to Jacarrie’s Kicks for Kids shoe giveaway. The shoe bins are located on the 1st floor of Enderis Hall next to the elevators and at the front entrance of the library.


  • 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