Alan’s Weekly August 26th, 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 August 19, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up 21 in admissions (down 14 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate) – up 21 in admissions (down 14 in applications)

The 2019 fall semester credit generation is up 3.4%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Kathy Quirk, and the Deans.

Deans Professional Development Days

On Monday and Tuesday, the Deans and Associate Deans participated in a two-day PD days at the School of Continuing Education. Joe Zolnar from the Harvard Graduate School of Education led a group of 40+ Deans, Associate Deans, and Vice Provosts through a series of exercises focusing on teamwork and Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames of an Organization – Structural, Human Resources, Symbolic, and Political. We examined a case study and discussed it thoroughly before ending the day with a reception at the School of Continuing Education.

On the second day, we examined three case studies in the morning and then broke up into two groups and participated in an exercise called “Step Back Consulting.” It was a one-hour long process and for me, it was the best part of the two days. It involved two people from a unit presenting a case study within their unit and then getting feedback on how to address an issue, what to avoid as pitfalls, and viewing the issue from multiple frames of reference. At the end of the day during the debrief, there was consensus that the Deans and Associate Deans might get together on a more regular basis and we might use other case studies to support each other’s learning.

HPGM Luncheon

On Tuesday midday, Alberto Maldonado invited me to attend the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) Awards luncheon at the Pfister Hotel. There was a large turnout. One of the honorees was JoAnna Bautch from United Community Center/Bruce Guadalupe School – one of UWM’s charter schools. She is the media relations and events coordinator.

Retention Summit 2

The 2nd Retention Summit was held at the School of Freshwater Sciences on Wednesday afternoon. Jeremy Page and Hope Longwell-Grice led the program coordinators in attendance to examine data to support retention efforts. An EAB representative shared information on the APS platform and how it might be helpful in identifying potential issues for students.

Student Teacher Orientation

On Thursday morning, I gave the send-off message to all our student teachers. It is always inspiring to stand in front of a large group of student teachers preparing to launch their last semester at UWM. I want to thank Christie Peters, Corby Anderson, and Amy Gutowski for organizing another inspiring orientation for our students. I also want to thank Angel Hessel for delivering an energizing presentation on EdPTA and making it so interactive and fun. It made three hours fly by!

Fall 2019 Student Teacher Orientation


Jeremy Page was interviewed last week by Fox6 News about helping students transition to college life. Here is the interview that featured a UWM economics professor as well.


MPS is conducting a feedback survey online. Here is a link to the survey if you wish to participate.


This past week, Mark Schug shared this sad news about a former SOE faculty member, Richard Daniel Western—a true friend, a caring mentor, a gentle man with a quick wit—died August 16, 2019 at age 77. Richard was a lifelong scholar, teacher, writer and editor. After earning his undergraduate degrees and PhD from the University of Minnesota, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught for 26 years in the School of Education. Throughout his tenure there he taught undergraduate and graduate courses on curriculum development and the teaching of English as well as serving as an advisor for Master’s and Doctoral candidates. After his formal retirement, he continued to teach classes at UW-M and at Concordia University until 2007 when he and his wife Linda (Leaf) moved to a home on Lake Ellwood near Florence, Wisconsin where he continued his studies and editing.

Richard shared his many intellectual interests with a love for the outdoors, first developing these interests as a camper and counselor at Camp Widjiwagan, the St. Paul YMCA’s canoe camp located near Ely, Minnesota. Richard’s legacy—his love of learning and of the Boundary Waters and Quetico parks—is embraced by his family. His children, John Richard and Sarah Denise, followed him at Widji as campers and counselors. Now Lauren and Nicholas, children of John and Victoria (Gollwitzer) and Kiera and Bryn, daughters of Sarah and Henry Sullivan (also a Widjiwagan camper and counselor) are Widji campers, too. In honor of Richard’s lifetime appreciation of the many values developed in young people through camping experiences, tributes can be sent to:

Western-Leaf Family Endowment Fund for YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
NW 5901, P.O. Box 1450
Minneapolis, MN 55485-5901

Celebrations of Richard’s life will be held privately.


  • 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
  • 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth, March 16-17, 2020