Alan’s Weekly November 11th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of November 4, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is down 7 in admissions (up 10 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)down 7 in admissions (up 10 in applications)


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with the Provost, Xu Li, Aaron Schutz, Seth Kochheiser, Adrienne Woods, and the Deans.

Grow Your Own Meeting

On Monday afternoon, I attended the GYO meeting at North Division High School. Hope Longwell-Grice participated online along with Pablo Muirhead and Sadique Isahaku. Mary Henry, the program coordinator for the MPS GYO program gave an update on activities the GYO students have been undertaking. Unfortunately, one of the schools, Bay View has been a non-participant due to concerns they have about being spread too thin by adding this program to their portfolio. Like any new partnership, this initiative is experiencing its ups and downs during its initial years.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the bi-weekly meeting of the Deans with the Provost. The Provost asked if we could find out if any of our faculty are engaging in the e-gaming environment, so I sent out a request for any faculty to share any e-gaming activities they are doing related to their teaching. Dave Clark gave us an update on the early alert system and best practices for student retention. At the end of the meeting, Kay Eilers talked about success coaches as a high impact practice that supports student retention and success. Marija G-J sent all the Deans their results from a graduate student survey. I shared the survey results with the UEDP and the department chairs, so that they can share it with their departments.

On December 10th, former UW Regent Mike Falbo will share with the Deans and Associate Deans his thoughts on the changing landscape in higher education and how we might better position ourselves to combat the head winds we are experiencing. As the Chronicle article notes below, we can’t stop the demographic challenges, but we can adapt to better position ourselves.

Staff Advisory Meeting

Later Tuesday, I attended Staff Advisory Committee meeting. I shared that Jessica and I would be meeting with the campus budget people next Monday to make our case for our 2020/21 budget. They gave us a preliminary unadjusted budget last week to prepare for our budget meeting. I am hoping we can make a strong case to adjust our budget in a positive direction. I shared with the committee that I would know more by our December meeting where our budget is likely to be.

I also shared that we had one sabbatical application and it was approved. In addition, I shared Faculty Assembly is working on revising their By-Laws to reflect the information we received from Trudy Turner about the required standing committees and the membership for Faculty Assembly.

The staff advisory committee reviewed their By-Laws and revised them to reflect their operations. The committee plans to work on an on-boarding document to help new staff members when they start in the School of Education. The Committee will be sharing the meeting agendas and minutes for all future meetings to the SoE staff moving forward through their listserv.

Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee Meeting

Following the Staff Advisory meeting, I attended the Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee meeting. Chris Lawson gave us a briefing on Tania Habeck and his work on reviewing other school and college’s standing committee structure. He will be reporting this at the Faculty Assembly. The coordinating committee agreed to discuss further the form and function of faculty assembly as well as to maintain the current structure of 2019/20 academic year or until a new structure is in place.

Faculty Research Seminar

On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the Faculty Research Seminar where new faculty member Dante Salto presented his work entitled, Beyond local regulation in higher education? Revisiting regulation and understanding organizational responses to foreign accreditation of graduate management education programs.

The Research Seminar is an informal forum on empirical and theoretical education research that meets the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 – 3:00 pm. We will feature (1) presentations by faculty and other researchers, describing current projects and discussing practical methodological challenges of empirical and theoretical research, (2) presentations from faculty and research funding agencies on how to craft grant proposals, and sometimes (3) presentations by doctoral students doing their own research. We welcome presentations that showcase qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods.

The focus of the presentation will be on the methodological/theoretical challenges of the research projects rather than on the findings. Thus, presenters will center on the “behind the scenes” of their research projects, to showcase how different scholars do research and learn new ways to think about data collection, analysis, and many other issues related to the research process.

We invite all SOE faculty, researchers, doctoral students, and anybody interested to participate in the seminar actively. Faculty and researchers will get a chance to share their ideas and receive feedback. Also, the Seminar is a venue to potentially initiate collaborations across departments.

Doctoral students are especially welcome to attend. The Seminar is your opportunity to see the “nuts and bolts” side of carrying out research, as well as to practice giving presentations and gain feedback from faculty and attendees.

Overall, we consider that this will be an invaluable academic experience and an opportunity to generate collaborations across our field.

Contact Dante Salto ( for further inquiries or if you are interested in presenting.

MPS Task Force

On Wednesday evening, Mark Mone asked me to represent him at four MPS Task Force meetings in November and December. All the meetings are at Bradley Tech High School. The charge of the task force is to review community feedback based on listening sessions MPS held in September and October and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Our first meeting was primarily organizational in nature as the co-chairs outlined the process going forward for our subsequent meetings. These meetings are open to the public and are scheduled for November 11th, 18th and December 10th starting at 5:30 pm in the Bradley Tech library on the 2nd floor.

Men’s Basketball Homecoming Game against Western Michigan

On Saturday afternoon and evening, I attended the UWM Men’s basketball tailgate at Turner Hall and basketball game at Panther Arena against Western Michigan. It was UWM’s Homecoming game. It was the most people I have seen at a UWM basketball game. The students turned out and were very vocal. It was an exciting game as it went to triple overtime before UWM lost to WMU, 115-110.


I watched this webinar on ensuring first generation student success. It shares some best practices for first generation students.


Here is an intriguing article by Nathan Grawe, whose book is being read by a lot of people in higher education. As Grawe notes, “Colleges can’t stop what coming, but they can be better prepared.”


Panthers Rise by Lifting Others! There is no better example than the participation by our faculty, staff and retirees in the United Way’s SECC campaign. From now through Nov. 30, we’re joining together with other state agencies in Milwaukee and Waukesha County to give back to the community we all call home.

You can go online today and give today, either through a one-time donation or through payroll deduction. You pick the agencies you want to help and how much you want to give. Every dollar amount counts and every new donor makes a difference!

You can learn more about the campaign or request paper forms by visiting UWM’s SECC website.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s campaign. Rob Longwell-Grice is the School of Education liaison this year. Contact him for further information.


  • 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