Alan’s Weekly November 25th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of November 18, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is down 9 in admissions (up 15 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)down 9 in admissions (up 15 in applications)


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Stephen Wester, Elise Frattura and Leanne Evans, Kathy Quirk, Simone Conceicao, Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, and the Deans.

M3 Meeting

On Monday afternoon, I attended a M3 meeting with the Chancellor. M3 is being restructured from five goal areas to three functional areas. We discussed the Grow Your Own program and agreed that we should align the program with the early college high school program. The Chancellor asked us to analyze the financial implications of scaling up the Grow Your Own and early college high school programs. We are working on putting this analysis together and will be presenting it to him in the near future.

3rd MPS Task Force Meeting

Later Monday evening, I participated in the 3rd MPS Task Force meeting at Bradley Tech High School. MPS representatives shared their response to the task force’s request to provide two scenarios for a referendum. The first scenario represents the “gold” standard and the second scenario represents a standard less than the gold standard. The gold standard represents $639M in programming and operations and $1.4B in facilities. The second option represents $318M in programming and operations and $310M in facilities. The task force shared a diversity of perspectives on the dollar figures. The gold standard option would result in an over 100% increase in city of Milwaukee school property taxes. The second option would result in an increase of approximately 64%. As an example, on a $100,000 home, current school taxes are approximately $965.00. The gold option would double their school property tax. There was a lot of discussion about whether this was feasible for Milwaukee citizens to absorb this type of increase. One proposal was to validate the school district’s needs and forward this recommendation to the School Board and let them determine an appropriate dollar figure after consulting with professionals on what the citizenry is likely to approve in a referendum. Our fourth and final meeting will be December 10th. Here is a story from the Journal Sentinel on our 3rd meeting.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Deans bi-weekly meeting with the Provost. We were given a briefing on the pay plan set to start on January 1st, 2020. A legislative committee needs to approve it prior to implementation and it appears this is going to occur in mid-December. The Chancellor asked the Deans to examine our foundation scholarship funds to see if we are using all of our available funds to support recruiting efforts for new students. The last thing we heard about was research computing from Bob Beck. Further discussion will follow this to explore ways to fund the infrastructure for research computing.

APBC Meeting

Following the Deans meeting with the Provost, I attended the APBC meeting. We had a very productive conversation about ways to generate new revenue through enrollments. Jessica Russell shared information on our budget meeting. We will not know what our final budget is until January. The only thing we know for sure is that we will receive some type of budget cut. I shared the 22 ideas that a group of faculty and staff developed in 2014. We have implemented about 4-5 of the ideas, so this is a good starting point for looking at items we might consider. As I shared with the APBC, we must generate new enrollment. We cannot cut our way out of these challenging times, alas, we must figure out new ways and opportunities to generate revenue. I am open to investing in faculty ideas to generate new enrollment with accountability measures. The APBC is going to take the lead on crafting a proposal to present to me for review.

APA External Review Meeting

On Tuesday afternoon, I met with the external reviewer for the counseling doctoral program APA accreditation site visit. We had a nice discussion about the counseling Ph.D. program. She and her team spent Wednesday and Thursday at UWM visiting with a multitude of groups and individuals to assist in their fact finding for the accreditation review. I was informed the external reviewers were very impressed with what they learned during their site visit. In particular, they recognized the overall strength of the program and the clear and thoughtful integration of a multicultural and diversity focus throughout the program including a practice of ‘diversity dialogues’ among faculty and students. The external reviewers cited the quality and rigor of the curriculum. They noted the high caliber of students, their timely completion to degree, the engagement of the student organization, and the inclusion of student voice in the program.

Nadya Fouad coordinated the report and the site visit from APA. We expect to hear more as the program continues through the accreditation process. Congratulations to all of the faculty, students, and alumni who participated in making the site visit a success.


Marie Sandy celebrated a completion ceremony for 6 community health workers after a 10-week community leadership and engagement certificate program jointly offered by the EDPOL department and Centro Hispano. They have plans to turn this into a micro-credential opportunity.

This partnership supports the groundbreaking work of creating a leadership development certificate program for the Latinx community to be implemented by Community Health Workers (CHW) in the State of Wisconsin connected to the UW System. This certificate program creates opportunities for communities of color to have access to education and a pathway for CHWs to grow in their career. This certificate works for community members, health promoters, or community health workers by providing an effective, innovative curriculum, to support leadership growth and the voice of grassroots communities in Wisconsin. While there are other community leadership certificate programs nationally, this project is unique in that it is designed to be sensitive to historical trauma and to strengthen sources of resilience for the Latinx community. This certificate reflects an upstream strategy that is part of five year Wisconsin Partnership Program Community Impact Grant from Centro Hispano, focused on mental health equity and intended to impact social determinants of health related to community capacity and civic engagement and mental wellness.

Educational Policy Completion Ceremony 2019.


Title: Approaches to developing a literature review article.

Abstract: Aaron Schutz and Simone Conceicao will share examples of different models of literature review articles (theoretical review, practitioner review, reform approaches, and research strategies).

Save the date: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Enderis 546 and via Zoom (


The Seminar is an informal forum on empirical and theoretical education research that meets the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00 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.


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. The SECC campaign is rapidly coming to a close on Nov. 30. If you have not already, please join others 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 Rob 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