Alan’s Weekly July 22nd, 2019

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Summer and Fall 2019 semester as of July 15, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 95 in applications
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 17 in applications
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 13 in admissions (down 8 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 13 in admissions (down 120 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 7.5% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up 3.4%.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Stephen Wester, Chancellor, Carol Wacker, and the Deans.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held their monthly meeting. I updated the chairs on the update. For 2018/19, we are projected to have a surplus. This is due primarily to funds from the Institute for Urban Education not being used as well as faculty/staff vacancies that occurred along with indirect funds. For 2019/20, Jessica is projecting we will be basically flat with a small deficit of approximately $27K, but this is very preliminary, and a lot of factors could impact this by next summer (including enrollments, any unknown vacancies, etc.). I reported that we are up 3.4% for the fall semester and down 7.5% for summer in semester credit generation, point in time from a year ago. I also shared that Marie Sandy is leading the UEDC to examine the recommendations from the external reviewers for further consideration and possible implementation.

I also shared information about recent hires who have started their positions including Lisa Litzsey as Program Manager for the IUE, Rebecca Weber as administrative faculty support, and Karla Giese as a two-year visiting assistant professor for the DHH program.

Kerry Korinek shared important upcoming dates for the chairs to be aware of, including July 26th for submitting payment forms for ad hoc instructors; August 30th deadline for submitting their schedule of courses for spring 2020; knowing that all undergraduate courses have separate sections for each course; and the Registrar’s office will be doing away with independent study sections in the near future (probably spring 2020).

Hope Longwell-Grice subsequently engaged the group about potential training in outward mindset provided by Bader Philanthropies and Arbinger. The group consensus was to engage the Deans and Chairs and then proceed accordingly afterwards with a larger group.

Jeremy Page shared three potential dates for the 2nd Retention Summit; August 22nd, 23rd, or 29th. He also shared the First Year Experience is launching this fall with co-facilitation from faculty and staff. Jeremy shared that Matt Bucher has started and is our new front desk person in the Office of Student Services.

To finish the meeting, Jeremy demonstrated EAB’s Academic Performances Solutions (APS). APS is an online tool that displays a number of key metrics like course fill rate, course bottlenecks to help chairs be more effective and efficient in the way they schedule courses. We are advocating with the Provost to train and provide access to APS for the chairs, so that they have use of this tool.

Custodial Staff Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday mid-day, we held a luncheon for the Enderis Hall custodial staff to show our appreciation for the work they do for us. I want to thank Debbie, Ken, Charise, and Elisa for all the work they do to keep the floors, bathrooms, and building clean. If you get a chance and see any one of them, please show your appreciation by thanking them for the work they do.

Experiential Learning Meeting

On Thursday morning, Hope Longwell-Grice and I met with Dave Clark to share what the School of Education does to support experiential learning for our students. The campus is moving towards requiring all undergraduate students have an experiential learning experience. As a result, campus is trying to determine what it might take to achieve this. With few exceptions, the SOE already requires all our undergraduate students have an experiential learning experience.

Graduate Outstanding Learning Environment Meeting

Later Thursday afternoon, I accompanied Hope Longwell-Grice, Simone Conceicao, Aaron Schutz and Marie Sandy to meet with Graduate School representatives about ways to support an outstanding learning environment for graduate students. In particular, Dean Marija G-J and Associate Dean Jason Puskar asked each school and college to complete a template for all their graduate programs by August 16th.

UW TASK FORCE ON ADVANCING TEACHERS AND TEACHING

The Task Force on Advancing Teachers and Teaching was slated to provide their recommendations to the Regents Education Committee at their July meeting, however, I was informed late last week during the Regents meeting in Madison that a new timeline has been developed and the recommendations will be made to the full UW Board of Regents at their December meeting.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 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