Alan’s Weekly February 3rd, 2020

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of January 27, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up/down 0 in admissions (up 24 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)up/down 0 in admissions (up 24 in applications)

The Spring 2020 semester credit generation is down .8% point in time.


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

UWM-Waukesha Transfer Meeting

On Tuesday afternoon, Hope Longwell-Grice, Bill Keith and I met with Stephen Schmid and Greg Ahrenhoerster of UWM-Waukesha to see how we can encourage more students from UWM-Waukesha to transfer to UWM to pursue their education degrees. We discussed aligning our common introductory education courses so that these courses transfer directly to our courses like they currently do at UW-Whitewater, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Madison.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. The Provost shared some updates on spring enrollments (spring is up 1.8% from a year ago) and thanked everyone for making calls, texts, and e-mails to re-enroll students due to holds or other issues that could be readily remedied.

After the Provost’s updates, Joely Urdan and Tim Danielson led a discussion regarding the annual evaluation required by all faculty and staff. It was reiterated that just saying someone is a solid performer is NOT satisfactory to meeting the requirement. Anyone who does not have an annual performance evaluation done every year will not be eligible for the pay plan for January 1, 2021. Please contact Erica Yewlett if you have any questions about your annual performance evaluation. There must be some assessment with feedback that can be placed in a person’s personnel file once they have reviewed and signed it. We ended the meeting by subsequently discussing personnel issues and their budget implications.

Institute for Urban Education Executive Board Meeting

On Thursday morning, I participated the second quarterly IUE online meeting. Our new Director, Denise Ross and Program Manager, Lisa Litzsey led the meeting with the advisory board. They provided the advisory board with updates and asked for recommendations for faculty who conduct research on urban education. They also asked the advisory board to help with recruitment of students from other UW schools. Denise received approval from the board to add community members to the advisory board.

There was a discussion on the by-laws for the IUE. There were some questions that Legal needs to address and then the advisory board hopes to approve the by-laws at its next meeting. The next meeting is Thursday, April 30th at the Hefter Center. Following the advisory board meeting, all SOE faculty and staff are invited to a welcome reception for the new IUE team including our new Director, Dr. Denise Ross from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Student Success Summit – Retention

On Friday morning, all Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, and Department Chairs were invited to participate in the Provost’s Student Success Summit on the Library 4th floor conference room. A number of people presented various initiatives related to student success ranging from cultivating campus engagement with student success efforts; workload concerns; re-enrollment dashboard and other data tracking; supplemental instruction; Navigate and progress reports, best practices and student communication plans; and experiential learning.


On Friday evening, we hosted our annual SOE basketball party. We had our largest turnout ever. I want to thank Carol Wacker, Hope and Rob Longwell-Grice, and Linnibrent Marie Stewart for volunteering to help with ticket distribution and greeting all our guests. We hosted several schools including the Hmong American Peace Academy and Milwaukee Excellence School. Our alumni from both schools chaperoned a contingency of students and everyone enjoyed all the food and drink we had available. Unfortunately, our team lost to Wright State, 65-61.

Members of the SOE at the annual SOE Basketball Party.