Alan’s Weekly September 23rd, 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 September 16, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up 22 in admissions (down 11 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)up 22 in admissions (down 11 in applications)

The 2019 fall semester credit generation is up 2.2%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Stephen Wester, Simone Conceicao, Carol Wacker, Jeremy Page, and the Deans.

M3 Meeting with Chancellor

On Tuesday morning, Hope Longwell-Grice and I attended a M3 meeting with the Chancellor. It is clear that education is a prime driver for M3 with our Grow Your Own, PLUS, and Early College High School/Dual Enrollment programs. All of these initiatives are long-term non-traditional pipelines we hope to cultivate a new generation of aspiring teachers. The Chancellor is very supportive and is in the process of pursuing substantial funding from philanthropic sources. I appreciate his advocacy for the School of Education.

APBC Meeting

After the M3 meeting, Hope Longwell-Grice, Jessica Russell, Jeremy Page, and I attended the APBC meeting. This was the first APBC meeting of the new academic year. I gave a brief update on the summer working group, fall enrollments and our hope to offer introductory courses at UWM-Waukesha and UWM-Washington County as a means of launching educator pathways to UWM. In addition, I encouraged the SOE APBC to interface and advocate with the university APBC to strengthen our position in the event there is a budget cut. I feel the SOE has done its fair share of trimming expenses over the past 4+ years. This has resulted in the SOE balancing its annual budget and eliminating a structural deficit and carryforward debt.

Most of the meeting was devoted to Jessica explaining the new budget model. She plans to either meet with all the departments or create a video to share with all departments that explains the new budget model. It clearly shows the importance of degree production (both undergraduate and Ph.D.) and weighting of key factors into the formula.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the Deans and Chairs met for our monthly meeting. I started the meeting by providing a brief update on the budget and enrollments. I subsequently reminded the chairs to provide their department faculty final workloads for the fall 2019 semester by 9/27/19. They were also reminded to provide me their department’s position on the workload policy for teaching academic staff and to provide department representatives for the fall and spring graduation ceremonies. I asked Bill Keith and Aaron Schutz to provide their department’s input on the research plan. A final reminder was to submit their department’s faculty and teaching academic staff workloads by 12/1/19 as per SOE workload policy.

After my updates and reminders, Jessica Russell gave a similar presentation on the new budget model to the chairs as she did yesterday to APBC.

Hope Longwell-Grice asked the chairs to caution their faculty about acceptable use of copyrighted materials in classes. Evidently, there have been incidents where faculty have asked for whole books to be copied and shared with their class (this is a strict violation of the acceptable use copyright laws). Following this, Hope shared there has been an uptick on academic appeals and a new policy is forthcoming for faculty to guide them. The key is to have good documentation. Bill Keith brought forward the issue of providing Canvas training for ad hocs. Hope will be working with her staff to ensure ad hocs have access to the online training and can provide proof of completion for the training to satisfy their employment requirements. She is also going to look into the issue of whether field supervisors need to do the training.

Following the administrative support update, there was a discussion on the work of the summer workgroup. The draft information will be shared by the representatives in the coming month with feedback submitted back to each representative for sharing and revising the draft documents.

Outward Mindset Training

On Thursday and Friday, the Deans and Chairs met at Bader Philanthropies for a two-day training on Outward Mindset provided to us by Bader Philanthropies, free of charge due to our Grow Your Own grant. The training was facilitated by Ben Callif. I believe everyone enjoyed the experience and thought the materials were well-presented, interactive, and engaging. The outward mindset framework is highly applicable to any organization. I want to thank Aaron Schutz, Simone Conceicao, Bill Keith, Hope Longwell-Grice, Jeremy Page, and Jessica Russell for participating in this training. We are exploring the possibility of bringing this training to the School of Education.

Annual Fall Wine Tasting Event

On Friday evening, Carol Wacker organized the 4th Annual Wine Tasting event in Waukesha at Kris and Bob Anderson’s house in Delafield. I want to thank Kris and Bob Anderson for hosting this event. It was the second time they have hosted this event at their beautiful home on the lake in Delafield. We had a nice turnout with Hope and Rob Longwell-Grice as well as Susie Lamborn attending from the SOE. SOE students, Cheryl Bledsoe and Alyssa Molinski attended and shared their experiences in the SOE with interested alums. I want to thank Carol Wacker for coordinating with the caterer and arranging everything. It was a nice way to end the week. The weather was beautiful and the interactions with alums was inspiring and rewarding.


Here is a video I found compelling for producing more male teachers of color.


Simone Conceicao shared this online article with the Deans and Chairs. It is a story on the tale of UW-Madison and UWM.


Here is a link to the Chancellor’s Plenary held last Thursday. I encourage you to watch it.


  • SOE Basketball game party, Friday, January 31, 2020 at Panther Arena v. Wright State, 6:00 pm
  • 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth, March 16-17, 2020
  • Spring All School Meeting, May 14th, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Library 4th floor Conference Room