Alan’s Weekly February 17th, 2020

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of February 10, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in admissions (up 22 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)up 8 in admissions (up 22 in applications)

The Spring 2020 semester credit generation is down .3% point in time.


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

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I attended the Deans bi-weekly meeting with the Provost. The Provost shared an update on the coronavirus and how UWM is monitoring the situation. UWM has several people in various schools with either scheduled trips to Asia or people in Wuhan that are impacted by the quarantine. The Provost shared a brief update on the Board of Regents meeting.

Jonathan Haines, our new institutional research Director shared an update on applications and admissions for fall 2020 in comparison to fall 2019. Overall, UWM is looking good at this point in time. The key will be yielding the increased applications and admissions. Jonathan also shared re-enrollment information from fall 2019 to spring 2020. UWM did a nice job of re-enrolling students for this spring semester. To end the meeting, Tim Danielson, Joely Urdan, and Robin Van Harpen shared a personnel issue with the Deans to consider and review.

Meeting with Educational Policy and Community Studies

After lunch on Tuesday, the Deans attended the Educational Policy and Community Studies department meeting as per request from APBC. We shared the context and timeline for the budget cut, things we are considering for cuts, shared a template we developed to help departments provide ideas, and provided data resources to inform ideas. Afterwards, we fielded questions and exchanged thoughts. We encouraged cross-collaboration across departments including exploring new master’s degrees focused on culturally responsive practices and trauma informed care. We shared that departments can focus on strategic growth, strategic reductions/reallocation, retention, and curriculum right-sizing.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held our monthly meeting. Kristin Gaura came to introduce herself to the Chairs and enlist their support with faculty to work on Canvas. She is working 50%, so please contact her if you need technology support. Following Kristin, Rob Longwell-Grice shared information about the scholarship awarding process. He shared that in a typical year, the SOE awards $400,000 in scholarships and the average award is $2000. The process begins in December of each year.

Following this, I debriefed about the budget meetings we have had to date. I also shared some preliminary application, admissions, and re-enrollment data shared from the Provost meeting. Afterwards, Hope Longwell-Grice and Jeremy Page gave brief updates from their respective areas.

Faculty Assembly Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, the Faculty Assembly met. I gave a budget update. I shared similar information I have shared with the staff advisory group, ABPC and Educational Policy and Community Studies. Afterwards, the Faculty Assembly discussed the current committee structure of the SOE and provided a draft of a new structure. This new structure will be shared with each department to gain their perspectives on it. If the departments approve it, then the Faculty Assembly will delve into the details of the new structure. There was widespread support for the new structure among Faculty Assembly representatives in attendance.

Meetings with Educational Psychology and Teaching and Learning

On Friday morning, the Deans attended the Educational Psychology and Teaching and Learning department meetings. We did the same thing we did earlier in the week with Educational Policy and Community Studies. All ideas using the template are to be process through their department chair by Friday, March 13th. The department chairs will forward these ideas to the Dean’s office.


  • 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
  • Summer Annual SOE Picnic, Thursday, July 23rd, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, front of Enderis Hall