Alan’s Weekly October 28th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of October 21, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is down 5 in admissions (up 6 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)down 5 in admissions (up 6 in applications)


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Jessica Russell, Stephen Wester, Hope Longwell-Grice, Kathy Quirk, and the Deans.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. The entire meeting was focused on what we can do to improve student retention for this coming spring semester. Dave Clark shared a draft of best practices that he will be sharing in the near future with us to implement including use of the early alert warning and the Canvas gradebook, process administrative drops, and encouraging tutoring and/or supplemental instruction. The Provost impressed upon the Deans how critical it is for us to focus on student retention and being more receptive to transfer students. In November, the Provost will be bringing together Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, and Department Chairs for a meeting on student retention. The level of success of these efforts will determine the size of the budget cut we may incur for next academic year.

Board of Visitors Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the SOE Board of Visitors met at the Greater Galilee Baptist Church’s community center. We welcomed two new members to the Board – Andrew Meyer and Mike Robertson. I provided an update on enrollments and our budget based on information shared at the All School Meeting in September. The purpose of the board is to advise and provide connections to the Dean as well as advocate for the School. We had a robust discussion on how to generate revenue. Our next meeting will be Friday, February 28th.

Asian Faculty Staff Association Reception

On Thursday afternoon, I attended the Asian Faculty Staff Association (AFSA) reception at the Regents Room in Chapman Hall. This is an annual event where the AFSA awards two scholarships to deserving students (one undergraduate and one graduate) and raises funds through a silent auction. Susie Lamborn is one of the leaders and helped organize and coordinate the activities. There was a lot of good food and collegiality.

Pathways High School Fundraiser at Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Later Thursday evening, I was invited by BOV member, Mary Kellner to attend the UWM Charter School Pathways High School fundraiser at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. It was the first time I had ever been to the Milwaukee Repertory Stackner Cabaret Theater. There was a dinner, a short program and then we were treated to a show called, “Two Pianos, Four Hands.” The Provost spoke as a parent as part of the program. The show was entertaining and very funny. It was nice to enjoy a good laugh to end the day.

Meeting with Divine Saviors Holy Angels

Friday afternoon, Carol Wacker and I met with Divine Saviors Holy Angels representatives Heather Mansfield and Chris Weiss to discuss offering a dual enrollment education course to help develop a grow your own teacher program. We had a productive conversation. If all goes well, we hope to start something in Fall 2021.


This week I reviewed the Exit Survey Unit Reports from 2019 for all our Teacher Education programs. Overall, I was pleased to see our students had a favorable impression of their educational experiences. There are a few areas requiring improvement, but the trend line for improvement is generally upward. I want to congratulate all our teacher education faculty for producing these student exit survey results.


  • 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