Alan’s Weekly May 25th, 2020

Alan's Weekly: The Adventures of a Dean banner

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

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

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

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

Fall 2020 graduate admissions – SOE is up 7 in admissions (up 12 in applications)
Summer 2020 graduate admissions – SOE is up 1 in admissions (up/down 0 in applications)

Summer 2020 semester credit hours generation is down .2%
Fall 2020 semester credit hours generation is down 3.1%

BUDGET UPDATE

Over the next few weeks, I will be working with Jessica Russell and others to identify what we can do to address the remaining $125K we need to find in order to meet our pre-COVID-19 budget cut of $689K or 6.1%). We are looking at all unfunded course releases, future summer and chair compensation, reducing ad hoc expenditures, reducing travel, extending computer replacement rollouts another year, consistently low enrolled academic programs, and calculating how much the furloughs will save us among other things. I will share what we ultimately decide to do in June.

I have also instructed Jessica Russell to start planning for next year’s anticipated budget cut. The campus is planning for a state budget cut of 5% along with any fall enrollment declines we incur. Right now, the campus anticipates enrollment declines from 5% to 13% for the fall semester. It is of utmost importance we retain as many of our current students as possible.

Over the past five years, the SOE has cut its budget to meet its budget target from campus. We are at a point where we must change the way we do business, everything from curricular to administrative. We did this early on with the administrative staff and advising restructuring. We are at a point where every decision is difficult and painful to the way we currently operate. I encourage everyone to examine current practices and see how we can change without sacrificing student success. I hope the SOE comes together as work as a team and operates from an “outward mindset” rather than just protecting their own program or department. I have seen this happening over the past year with the department chairs and summer workgroup and it gives me optimism for the future.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

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

M3 Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I participated in the monthly M3 meeting. The focus of the discussion was on the early college celebration on Thursday afternoon. This year, it will be virtual. Last year, the event was at the new Entrepreneurial Center. These students earned up at 19 college credits. The ceremony was the best that could be expected under virtual conditions.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost. Mark Harris shared information on re-opening the research facilities at UWM. He outlined a staged process for safely using facilities. A plan is slated to be shared by June 5th. They are looking at density issues for space allocation. This is primarily for research involving laboratories and dedicated research spaces.

Scott Gronert updated the Deans on scenario planning. His committee is looking at a fairly comprehensive look at all possibilities from running courses on Saturdays to using the Union large rooms for some larger sections to accommodate social distancing practices. Right now, they are looking at the largest sections being 50 students. Things are very fluid, but we should know something more in mid-June.

Paul Klajbor shared a little information on a potential 5-12% budget cut for next year due to the state budget cut, anticipated fall 2020 declining enrollments, and depending on our operating mode (i.e., F2F or hybrid or fully online), what ramifications might this have on auxiliaries and potential lost revenue. Like many things, there are a lot of unknowns at this point, but the campus is planning for a variety of cases, so UWM is not caught off-guard. Forthcoming decisions will be difficult and I anticipate a lot of changes at UWM in the next few years. These changes can position UWM for a brighter future.

SAD NEWS

I was recently informed this past week that Annette Mickelson, wife of retired UWM SOE educational psychology professor, Doug Mickelson passed away. I got to know Annette a little and knew Doug well over the past five years. It is with great sadness that I share this news.

Mequon – Died May 18, 2020 at the age of 78. Annette Mickelson was born on April 25, 1942 in Copenhagen, Denmark to Dr. Irvin and Annelise Jorgensen. A non-smoker, she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine lung cancer in May 2019 and has fought since with undaunting strength and determination. She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of nearly 56 years, Douglas and children Hans (Sae), Chris, and Alex (Ann). She was dearly loved by her three grandchildren Ritten, Anna, and Jorie. She is also survived by her two brothers, Dr. Hans (Kathy) and Dr. Norman (Ann) Jorgensen; one sister, Lisbeth (Earl) Sethre and many nieces, and nephews. She moved to Canada in 1950 and to Spring Valley, MN in 1954, becoming a US citizen in 1959. After graduating in 1964 from the Methodist Kahler School of Nursing, Rochester, MN, she and Douglas married and moved to Buffalo, NY where she worked as an epidemiologist research nurse at the University of Buffalo. Upon moving to Milwaukee in 1970, she earned a BA in Anthropology (1976) and an MSW (1980) from UWM. She continued to work with families and domestic abuse victims throughout her social work career in the 1980’s and then her love for the arts led her to become a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She later applied her professional background and expertise as an instructor at MATC. She retired in 2004 after a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which she successfully overcame. During her retirement, she was an avid supporter of the performing arts, serving on the Friends Board of the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. She was a dedicated master gardener and an active member of the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club who beautified her home and the homes of others through her extensive expertise and skill. She was a world traveler with her husband, enjoyed playing tennis and golf with family and friends, and most of all, was an enthusiastic participant in life. Her deep care and concern for the well-being of children led her to be a supporter of Children Incorporated for over 30 years. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are appreciated to Children Incorporated at P.O Box 72848, North Chesterfield, VA 23235 or to the Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club at Charlene Kordus, Treasurer – MAMGC, 5412 Oakview Lane, Gurnee, IL 60031.

She, and the joy she brought to the world, will be sorely missed. Due to the current health crisis, Annette’s burial services will be a private family affair at the Vermont Lutheran Church, Black Earth, WI. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Furlough days – June 19th and July 3rd – staff will be unavailable on furlough days.