Alan’s Weekly April 27th, 2020

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Coronavirus Update – Please review Chancellor Mone’s messages regarding UWM’s efforts from this past week. Please monitor your e-mail and UWM website for further updates from Chancellor Mone.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data as of April 20, 2020, point in time from a year ago.

Fall 2020 graduate admissions – SOE is up 7 in admissions (up 13 in applications)
Summer 2020 graduate admissions – SOE is up 1 in admissions (up/down 0 in applications)

Summer 2020 semester credit hours generation is up 1.4%

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular meetings using Microsoft Teams with Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Simone Conceicao, Jessica Russell, and the Deans.

Planning for Position Specific Furlough Meeting

Jessica Russell, Erica Yewlett, and I participated in a planning meeting for position specific furloughs (PSF) on Monday midday. PSF does not apply to UWM faculty. Further information was rolled out to campus last Tuesday by the Chancellor in his campus wide e-mail and on the UWM HR and COVID-19 websites. This is a very difficult time for UWM financially and in order to address it, the institution is forced to implement position specific furloughs for the coming summer months in a very short timeframe. Further information and details on across-the-board furloughs will be forthcoming for the 2020/21 academic year.

M3 Meeting

On Tuesday morning I participated in a M3 monthly meeting. As you can imagine, M3’s work has slowed due to COVID-19’s impact on MPS, MATC, and UWM. The focus of the meeting was devoted to how can we garner more philanthropy to support M3 and show that we are good stewards of the funds we receive. It was shared that the CARES stimulus package to UWM would yield about $350/student. While this is helpful, it does not begin to meet the actual need.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Wednesday midday, the Provost convened the Deans and other governance leaders for a two hour meeting. The Provost shared various scenarios being considered for the fall semester and beyond. Julie Bonner shared information on the Badger Bounce Back plan.

Badger Bounce Back graphic.

Robin Van Harpen provided financial information on various scenarios. First, she gave us a financial context before COVID-19, where we had lower overall enrollment as a campus during fall 2019. This set up the difficult budget cuts that schools and colleges were given prior to COVID-19. After COVID-19, campus anticipates further enrollment declines. In addition, with COVID-19, there was a significant loss of revenue due to the refunds for housing, dining, and parking. A 5-10% enrollment drop in fall 2020 will correspond to a loss of $6-12M. The plan for intermittent furloughs during academic year 20-21 is in the planning and details will be communicated soon to campus. There are additional unknowns that could adversely impact UWM’s budget, namely, Robin mentioned the possibility of a state budget cut since the state is losing tax revenue during COVID-19. It is going to be tough upcoming year, but we can better position UWM and the SOE IF we all sacrifice and are willing to look at the big picture of situating UWM for a better future. There is no doubt, there are going to be major changes in the way we do business. I hope this crisis spurs creative and imaginative problem solving to take advantage of opportunities for growth and re-positioning.

Following Robin Van Harpen’s remarks, Diane Reddy and Laura Pedrick talked about planning and supporting faculty for future online courses. CETL has a number of current workshops for helping faculty maximize their online course effectiveness. Mark Harris followed with information on when laboratories might be able to re-open and under what circumstances.

Dave Clark and Kay Eilers ended the meeting with updates on enrollment management. Dave Clark talked about recruitment. He shared that Development is helping enrollment management by calling prospective students to answer any questions. They are also using texting functions to communicate with students. Similarly, Kay Eilers said similar efforts are being done to reach out to existing students and encouraging them to return. According to Dave Clark, some students are waiting to see what the fall semester is going to be. Undergraduates seem to be more reluctant to return if the campus is fully online.

Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM) Meeting

On Friday afternoon I participated in a zoom EDGM meeting. It is evident that all higher education institutions are struggling during COVID-19. Many of the EDGM institutions are looking at restructuring and downsizing their educational portfolio, but everything seems to be on hold.

REQUIRED OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES REPORTING AND DATA SECURITY TRAINING

After receiving information from Erica Yewlett, we have done a good job of people reporting their outside activities reporting. As of last Tuesday, only four people remained to do it. For the data security training, we have some work to do and your department chair or supervisor should have contacted you by now. As of last Tuesday, we had around 75 people who still needed to do the online training. Remember this has to be done by Thursday, April 30th, otherwise, you will be ineligible for the January 1, 2021 pay plan. Please take the time to complete the training. It takes about one hour to complete.

UWM CAMPUS AND BUILDING CLOSURES CONTINUE UNTIL AT LEAST JULY 31, 2020

As you may have read in a campus communication from last Wednesday, the campus will remain closed until at least July 31, 2020, so all current restrictions apply until then. If you need access to the building, you should contact me or Christian Caflisch, our building captain to let us know.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • SOE All School Virtual Meeting, Thursday, May 14th, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Summer Annual SOE Picnic, Thursday, July 23rd, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, front of Enderis Hall