Alan’s Weekly September 21st, 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’s Coronavirus website for further updates from Chancellor Mone or campus communications. Here is the Fall re-opening website.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data as of September 14, 2020, point in time from a year ago.

Fall 2020 graduate admissions – SOE is up 6 in admissions (up 8 in applications)

Fall 2020 semester credit hours generation is down 2.6%

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This past week I had regular meetings using Microsoft Teams with Liz Drame, Jeremy Page, Provost, Jessica Russell, Simone Conceicao, and the Deans.

M3 Monthly Meeting

On Tuesday morning, I participated in the monthly M3 meeting with the Chancellor. Kay Eilers shared a brief update on a bridge program between MPS, MATC, and UWM. The Chancellor shared if we can demonstrate effective results, there are potential funders who will support this effort. The goal is to get more kids into college and/or be career ready. Hope Longwell-Grice and I shared some thoughts on the potential of UWM and the SOE to do transformative changes to positively impact the Greater Milwaukee area.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Thursday morning, the Deans and Chairs met for our monthly meeting. I gave a budget update. We are still looking for $561K to meet our 9% budget cut. With this due next week on September 23rd, we are planning to put forth a strong case to reduce our budget cut. I shared brief updates on the Chancellor’s 2030 Task Force (Leigh Wallace and Marie Sandy are on it and Simone Conceicao and Jessica Russell had to decline) and Simone Conceicao gave a brief update on the SOE 2026 Task Force. They put forth an online survey to the School, so you should add your thoughts to it. They will be providing their first update to Hope Longwell-Grice and myself on Friday, October 9th. I reviewed the chairs about the importance of conducting faculty post-tenure reviews for every tenured faculty member every five years. I subsequently shared some information from Dev Venugopalan about UWM’s upcoming Higher Learning Commission (HLC)’s reaccreditation process for 2022-23. The chairs will be working with their faculty to ensure learning outcomes are being assessed and used in a continuous improvement process.

Hope Longwell-Grice and Kerry Korinek led a discussion about non-resident tuition for online programs. Hope also reminded the chairs about making sure committee assignments are completed before the end of the spring semester for the next year. She will be e-mailing the School to announce the membership of all committees. And finally, she asked that all course cancellations be shared with the advisors. It was determined that Molly Schreiber and Kerry Korinek would inform advisors of course cancellations.

Jeremy Page shared the news about Allee Hochmuth’s pending departure from UWM. We want to congratulate Allee on her new position at UW-Madison. She will be leaving at the end of September. Jeremy shared information about our new part-time social media specialist, Monica Skipper. She will be working with each department chair to best determine how to provide support. Jeremy shared how most advising is occurring virtually and our website is being designed to receive transfer transcripts for review. And last of all, Jeremy asked the chairs to encourage their faculty to use Navigate to send messages (positive and other) to their students as part of the early alert system.

Deans Retreat with Provost and Chancellor

On Friday morning, Hope Longwell-Grice and I participated in the Deans retreat with the Provost at the UWM Alumni House lawn area. It was a cool morning. The Chancellor started the retreat by sharing it is a time for UWM to undertake radical change. Furthermore, he articulated that in order to ensure a brighter future for UWM, we need to be bold. Afterwards, we broke up into small groups to reflect on the COVID-19 impact on each of us, personally and professionally as well as what kind of leadership is required to facilitate radical changes. Then, we discussed how do you manage radical change. Tim Behrens, Dean of the College of Health Sciences gave an overview of Tech Ed Frontiers and the role of schools and colleges in supporting this workforce development initiative. He shared that this initiative was more of a branding rather than a revenue generating opportunity. He did mention the campus is supporting the development of micro-credentials. For further information, you can contact Simone Conceicao. She is the SOE’s representative on Tech Ed Fronters. Dave Clark ended our meeting with a presentation on eliminating achievement gaps. You will read more of this in an official announcement from the Chancellor. It is entitled, “Moonshot.”

PANTHER PROWL – ED HEADS

The Ed Heads return for the 16th annual Panther Prowl.  This year’s proceeds will go toward the Chancellor’s Student Success Fund, which was established this year to help all students with a wide range of financial needs– including scholarships, unpaid tuition balances, and emergency funds for rent, etc.  This is a huge need at this time, so please consider joining and supporting.  The October 11 Prowl itself will be virtual, participants are encouraged to take a walk or run in a socially distanced fashion and not prowl too close to anyone.  There will still be team size, fund-raising, and spirit contests.  Please see the Prowl web site.

This year’s registration and donation platform is a bit different, so please read carefully if you will join and/or support the Ed Heads.  There is no longer a specific team page, but please go to the following:

To Register:

Choose the 2020 Virtual Panther Prowl Registration and there is a pull down menu where you can specify “The Ed Heads.”  You can also separately purchase a t-shirt.

To Donate:

Click on “make a donation to support UWM students.”  There the Chancellor’s Student Success Fund is designated.  Enter your amount and, in order to donate for the Ed Heads specifically—pull down Special Instructions section and enter “The Ed Heads” in the dialog box that opens.

Please contact Kerry Korinek, korinek@uwm.edu, for information and thank you again for your generosity and SOE spirit.

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 279 FOR FIRST TIME FRESHMEN

I want to thank the following people for leading sections of Ed. Psy. 279 for our first time freshmen in the School of Education. Since many of our first time freshmen do not take courses within the School of Education until their junior year, this is an important way for the School of Education to gain affiliation with these students. They are: Tammy Badura, Tyree Bolden, Nikki Claas, Pam Conine, Mike Dixon, Angel Hessel, Jackie Nguyen, Jeremy Page, and Kristin Roosevelt.

SUPPORT STAFF

The Academic Affairs Staff includes the following people:  Roberta Brummels, Kristin Gaura, Kerry Korinek, Sarah Osborne, Molly Schreiber, Rebecca Weber and the staff of the Office of Clinical Experiences Corbett Anderson, Anna Bierce and Christie Peters.  They work closely with Dario Elia. The team is available online weekdays and through the SoE Dashboard. The attached directory can help to find the right person for the support that you may need.  Please feel free to reach out to them or, better yet, use the dashboard at http://www.uwm.edu/soedashboard

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Upcoming Furlough days – A Basis – Friday, October 30, 2020; Friday, November 27, 2020; Monday, December 28, 2020; Friday, January 22, 2021; Friday, March 26, 2021; Friday, May 28, 2021. C Basis – Friday, November 27, 2020; Monday, December 28, 2020; Friday, January 22, 2021; Friday, March 26, 2021; Friday, May 14, 2021 Staff will be unavailable on furlough days. Additional furlough days for all employees may be applicable depending on your salary. Please check the Guidelines on Intermittent Furloughs webpage for further information.