Alan’s Weekly June 17th, 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 10, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 98 in applications
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 8 in applications
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 23 in admissions (down 6 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 23 in admissions (down 112 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 7.3% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 1.6%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Kathy Quirk, Adrienne Woods, Aaron Schutz, Stephen Wester, Carol Wacker, Jeremy Page, Hope Longwell-Grice, and the Deans. I will be on vacation for the next few weeks, so the next Monday message will be on July 15th.

Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Interview

On Monday morning, I attended one of the candidate’s interview sessions for the Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer position in the Regents room. It was a nice exchange of her thoughts about improving the diversity of the faculty and students. I believe she was the first of three finalists for the position. She emphasized the importance of training of administrators, faculty, and staff towards creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for diverse stakeholders.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Deans Provost meeting. The Provost shared a number of items and deadlines he wants the Deans to submit later this summer including: each Dean’s annual review, school/college workload policy, updates on the undergraduate and graduate enrollment planning process, and what each school is doing to support experiential learning.

Mark Harris and Rafael Schiffman presented a draft document on the roles and responsibilities for Principal Investigators on externally funded projects. They will be sharing this with campus after it goes through another round of feedback from various stakeholder groups.

The Provost shared UWM’s budget will not be determined until the legislature approves and finalizes it’s budget. He anticipates the 1.8% and 1.8% pay plan will be approved, although only 70% of it will be funded. Each campus will have to fund the remaining 30%.

Finally, Jennifer Gonda, Director of Strategic Partnerships shared a presentation on coordinating partnerships for UWM and external entities, primarily business and industries in and around Milwaukee. She is the go-to person for developing any substantial institutional level partnership between UWM and an external entity. You may contact her directly for further details.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Interviews

I interviewed Karla Giese, the DHH candidate on Tuesday afternoon. Originally, we had three candidates, however two candidates dropped out before visiting campus to take jobs elsewhere. I had a nice conversation with Karla and realized she was a student of Sara Jozwik when Sara was at Illinois State University. Karla is ABD and is slated to graduate with her Ph.D. in August.

Wisconsin Smart Cities Alliance

On Thursday morning, I met with Jacques Du Plessis from SOIS about a Smart Cities Alliance he is organizing at UWM and across the Greater Milwaukee area. He is talking to a number of the Deans and interested faculty members at UWM. Razia Azen is already a part of the Alliance. If you are interested in learning more about the Wisconsin Smart Cities Alliance and its work, please contact Jacques directly at his UWM e-mail. 


Hope Longwell-Grice shared with me that the SOE Academic Affairs staff have hired a new faculty support staff member to replace John Horstman. Her name is Rebecca Weber and she will be starting around July 1st. I want to thank the search committee for their work, and I look forward to welcoming Rebecca to the SOE.


Here is an article on the cities where teachers can afford to live. It illustrates the challenges of low teacher salaries and why it is a deterrent to attracting young people into the field. Last week, at the UW Regents meeting, I spoke to one of the Regents who mentioned that in the rural Wisconsin areas, teachers are paid approximately $30K. He lamented the challenges of recruiting teachers to his rural community with such poor salaries. I shared with him an idea of providing low-to-no cost housing for teachers as an incentive through a public-private partnership. This is just one step communities need to consider to be creative if they are going to recruit teachers.


On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the ACCESS grant program will host Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, author of Culturally Responsive School Leadership (Race and Education).

Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, author of Culturally Responsive School Leadership (Race and Education).

Muhammad Khalifa will facilitate a session on how to foster and support culturally responsive school leadership amongst teachers and administrators within teacher and school leader education programs. This session will be offered at two different times on the morning of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. There will also be time between the sessions to talk with Dr. Khalifa and colleagues.

Follow this link to sign-up for one of the sessions by Friday, June 21, 2019:

Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email & calendar invitation with location and parking details.


Canvas logo.CETL reports that, to date, more than 20 instructors have attended VIP sessions to begin their migration to Canvas. Summer is the slow season, so they are hoping to get as many sessions as possible booked into July. For more info on these one-to-one Canvas VIP sessions,  read the Canvas VIP Sessions Flyer (PDF). Prerequisite: Canvas Basics Training (Basics Schedule here).


Welcome to the Grand Opening of the Education Technology Information website, an in-house resources space for SOE faculty and instructors. The website is organic in that its content will be regularly updated & added to.

MISSION: To develop, identify, & disseminate education technology resources in support of SOE faculty & instructors in a way that maximizes their creativity, practical knowledge, and ability to innovate on behalf of themselves, their colleagues, their students, & their students’ students.


  • Resources for Instructors
    Info on finding images for your course materials; locating open access & open education resources; helping your students write better; and Canvas info/help.
  • eResources & Tools for Your Students
    Contents: Online Writing Help, Apps/Software, & Canvas Help for Students
  • Edtechnopia
    A resource page for ed tech news & views. Included: Selected social media sites to help keep you informed and the Edtechnopia The first post: “The Digital Divide: How You Can Help Your Students Help Their Students”
  • Coming Soon: Video Tutorials


  • 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