Alan’s Weekly September 2nd, 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 26, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up 31 in admissions (down 9 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate) – up 31 in admissions (down 9 in applications)

The 2019 fall semester credit generation is up 1.8%.


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

Deans and Chairs Meeting
On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held their first meeting of the new academic year. Jessica and I gave a budget update. Financially, things look better than at any point in time since 2011. However, our enrollments continue to drop. Our semester credit generation is up, but this is primarily due to undergraduate semester credit generation for non-SOE students through the Ed. Psychology 100 level courses. As of 9/28/19, our new freshmen enrollment is down from 95 last fall to 73 this fall and our master’s (down from 340 to 308) and doctoral (down from 124 to 84) level. This does not bode well for future years.

I passed out the workload template that all the chairs had seen during the summer and instructed them to ask their faculty to complete this after census date in the fall and spring, so that we have the most accurate assessment of workload in order for Jessica to do her costing exercise.

After sharing the workload template, I asked the chairs to make sure their executive committees formally pass a workload policy for teaching academic staff. During the summer, a small group of teaching academic staff representatives from each department were charged to review the campus model policy and provide input. To date, one department has reviewed and passed a policy for teaching academic staff and the others will be doing so in the early fall semester.

I also reminded the chairs to provide me the names of the faculty who will be attending graduation in December as department representatives.

Jeremy Page asked the chairs to encourage their faculty to use Navigate progress reports that generate messages (affirming as well as concerning) to students. This has been identified as a high impact retention practice and the campus is encouraging all faculty to use it during the first half of the semester. Jeremy emphasized that positive messages can be sent to students to affirm their good work.

Hope Longwell-Grice shared information about the new support staff hire. Rebecca Weber started this summer and is charged with faculty support. Hope’s staff are in the process of searching for a new position that is being re-constituted to include parts of the receptionist position and course scheduler. After this, Hope led the discussion on the summer group work. The chairs will continue the work of the summer group in collaboration with their departments.

To end the meeting, I shared that I turned in the Graduate Outstanding Learning Environment template to the Graduate School and we are putting the research plan together based on input from the research committee. I also shared with the chairs that the Deans are mirroring a process used by the Provost to identify priorities to work on this year at a half-day retreat next week. And finally, I shared there is currently one faculty search being conducted this year in Administrative Leadership.

Academic Breakaway Session
Later Tuesday afternoon, the Provost pulled all the Deans and Associate Deans together for a three-hour session in the Library 4th floor conference room. The Chancellor started the proceeding with an environmental scan of what higher education is facing in the foreseeable future. He will be doing a similar presentation at the All School meeting next week. His presentation was followed by an overview by Katie Miota on enrollment management. The campus is expecting a 4% decrease in enrollment, which translates to a $5-7M reduction in revenue. After Katie’s presentation, Robin Van Harpen, Drew Knab, and Cindy Kluge provided an update on the big budget items approved by the legislature including a new Chemistry building, renovation to the Union, and a new basketball practice annex, and planning funds for a new engineering building. They also explained the new budget model process, and the status of UWM’s budget for the coming biennium and what UWM has experienced over the past ten years and what they are projecting for the foreseeable future. I have asked them to come to the All School Meeting to present what they shared, so that everyone understands where the campus stands.

Following the finance presentation, Joan Prince shared information about the re-organization of the multicultural centers in Bolton Hall under a new Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement. Following Dr. Prince’s presentation, Student Affairs Senior Officer, Kelly Haag gave an update on student affairs.

Academic Leadership Council (ALC) Meeting
On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the ALC meeting in Lubar. There was a short agenda with only two presentations. The first presentation was by University Relations. Tom Luljak and his team shared that all UWM school/college and department websites are being transformed in the coming year to Web 2.0 to provide greater consistency and clarity of brand.

The second presentation was by Bob Beck from UITS. Bob shared three items. First, Bob Beck shared with UITS taking on the Waukesha and Washington County IT services and having to revamp their systems, this coming fall, he asks the campus to be a little patient as service may be a little slower than desired. Second, he shared that multi-factor authentication is launching this fall. You should have received a message on Thursday, August 29th about this. He advises everyone signing up early. You will be able to use your cellphone or iWatch to get your multi-factor authentication and it should be easy to do, as it was demonstrated by a few people who have already been exposed to the process. I did it the following morning and it was easy to do. The purpose of this intervention is to protect UWM and its employees from phishing ransomware that is becoming more and more common. The last item Bob mentioned was to remind everyone to change their password every 180 days.

Let me draw your attention to 2 MFA enrollment-related resources:

(1) “Duo Desk”

You may stop by one of our “Duo Desk” sessions to get help with enrollment!

IT Staff will be located in the UWM Panther Shop near the UWM TechStore on these dates and times:

  • Sept 19, 2019: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Sept 25, 2019: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Oct 1, 2019: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Oct 9, 2019: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Oct 17, 2019: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Oct 23, 2019: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

(2) “Duo Talks”

University IT Services will be hosting “Duo Talks” throughout the Fall semester. There will be a short presentation on MFA (what it is, how it works, etc.) and the opportunity for Q&A with faculty and staff. Our “Duo Talks” will be offered:

  • Sept 18, 2019: 9:00 am  -10:00 am, Union 191
  • Oct 2, 2019: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Union 191
  • Oct 17, 2019: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Union 191

ACHEA Alumni Event
Right after the ALC meeting, I drove to Emily Robertson’s home to attend the ACHEA Alumni event. I want to applaud Simone Conceicao and Alumna Emily Robertson for taking the initiative to engage the ACHEA alumni and organize this event. It was packed and a lot of fun to see alumni and current students who took classes online come to meet their faculty in person. I want to thank all the Administrative Leadership faculty (Cheryl Baldwin, Liliana Mina, Dante Salto, Leigh Wallace, Rod Whiteman) who attended. Simone introduced her new faculty members, Dante Salto and Rod Whiteman. Larry Martin and Barb Daley attended the event. It was nice to see them again. I want to thank Emily and Mike Robertson for opening up their beautiful home for this event. I can’t count how many events they have hosted for the School of Education. It is supporters like the Robertson’s who are making a difference to help the School of Education move forward.

ACHEA Alumni Event.

M3 Grow Your Own (GYO) Meeting
On Thursday morning, Hope Longwell-Grice, Angel Hessel, Jeremy Page, and I attended a GYO meeting at North Division. MPS proposed that students in the GYO program would earn 48-60 hours of college credit. This was puzzling to all of us, so we pushed back and as a result, Hope Longwell-Grice will be representing UWM as she works with her counterparts at MATC and MPS to see what is possible and viable. We spent most of our time debating how many college credit hours was reasonable for MPS kids in the GYO program to earn through dual enrollment. Most of the courses would be general education courses. However, we are pushing for CURRINS 300 and hopefully, another education course. We received an update on the program. Two new schools are being added to the GYO program, i.e., Bayview and North Division and there are an anticipated 80-85 students in the program this year (the other two schools are James Madison and Pulaski).

Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) Meeting
On Friday morning, I attended an EDGM meeting at Alverno College. We were given an update on the 2019 Celebration of Teachers and Teaching event, set for Thursday, October 17th at Concordia University. This will be the last time this event is held in its current configuration. The theme is around fostering 21st Century learning. The group also determined who was the next Champion of Education awardee. We had four worthy nominees and it was a very difficult decision and each nominee was worthy for their contributions to advancing the educational needs of Milwaukee.

We were given an update on a possible media campaign to tout and uplift the teaching profession involving significant financial support from a foundation and other sources. Further discussion is underway to bring this to fruition as all the Deans shared how their institutions were all down in enrollment for their teacher education programs except Carroll College. We speculated within 5-10 years; some teacher education programs will be forced to close due to a lack of enrollment.

The group debriefed on the DPI program approval process. It has been mixed with some inconsistencies and lack of follow-through on the part of DPI. At our next meeting, the group will be sharing more. I have asked Hope Longwell-Grice to attend and share our experience.

We also heard feedback from a meeting of institution representatives with State Representative LeKeisha Myers. The tenor of the feedback was very positive. The people who attended said they felt the Representative heard their concerns about WiFORT and it gave her a better understanding of the challenges and how it might be resolved.

First Year Experience
On Friday afternoon, the School of Education’s First Year Experience students met with their instructors and spend approximately 3 hours with them prior to walking over to Mitchell Hall for their official welcome and launch onto UWM. There were approximately 80 students involved. Here is a picture of them as a large group in Enderis 103.

2019 First Year Experience event.

Fall Welcome in front of Mitchell Hall
Later on, Friday, all the Deans participated in an annual “Fall Welcome” event in front of Mitchell Hall for all the new freshmen. This is the event where all the freshmen take a panoramic picture in the shape of Wisconsin. The Deans were asked to wear the Fall Welcome t-shirt and help pass out t-shirts and graduation coins to all the freshmen.


Please welcome Anna Bierce to the School of Education. Anna is joining the Office of Clinical Experiences in the role of Clinical Placement Specialist. Anna graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin-Mequon with a B.S. (2008) and a M.S. (2014) in Early Childhood Education. She previously taught in Michigan, Alaska and eastern Wisconsin before starting at the UWM Children Learning’s Center (2015) where she served as a lead teacher and student staff supervisor. Anna welcomed and mentored UWM students as she hosted fieldworkers in her classroom. In addition, she was an adjunct instructor for the Early Childhood Program at UWM. She enjoyed making connections with UWM students at the Children’s Learning Center. Anna is excited to make new connections with students and faculty in her role of Clinical Placement Specialist. She started her new role on Monday, August 26th. Please stop by Enderis 367 to welcome Anna!


Laura Owens has agreed to serve as the new CPE Chair for the coming year, replacing Donna Pasternak. I want to thank Donna for being CPE Chair for the past two years. Thank you, Laura, for agreeing to serve as CPE Chair. Given the transition with DPI requirements and the new approval process, this will be a critical role and time for the CPE.


  • 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