Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs:
-Good news regarding our flex degrees/certificates initiatives: Last Wednesday we received notification from the Higher Learning Commission that we have been approved to offer four direct assessment competency-based programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a Diagnostic Imaging sub-major, the Bachelor of Science in Information and Technology, and the Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication. This is a significant milestone in the development of UWM's Flexible Option initiative.
-This afternoon I'm attending a board of directors meeting for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). [The CTSI is a regional biomedical collaboration involving clinical and translational science between UWM, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the Blood Center of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital, and Froedtert Hospital].
-I have a follow up meeting with MCW (Medical College of Wisconsin) on collaboration.
-Campus WordPress Implementation open session (see under announcements)
-Campus WordPress Implementation open session (see under announcements)
-I will be attending the Board of Regents meeting in Madison. Agenda items include an update on the 2013-15 biennial budget and discussion of the UW System 2013-14 annual operating budget and tuition. See http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/meetings/archive/2013.htm. We have no agenda items for the Education Committee.
-Volunteers are needed for 'Move-in' and 'Fall Welcome' - this is a series of events designed to help first-year students meet friends, explore campus and connect to faculty and staff. Sign up for move-in shifts here: http://MySignUp.com/UWMmovein. Sign up for Fall Welcome shifts here: http://go.uwm.edu/FWvolunteer13. For more information, contact: Ericca Pollack, firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Reminder: The pantherLINK email and calendar service will be unavailable on Sunday, July 14 from midnight to 6:00 a.m. for the installation of a service upgrade. All incoming mail will be queued for delivery once the upgrade has been completed. For additional information, visit the UWM Campus News Announcement at http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=21626.
-Campus WordPress Implementation: To improve campus Web content management services, the Web Content Management Evaluation Working Group has recommended a series of changes focused on enhancing the UWM.edu visitor experience and improving Web content management-related learnability, efficiency, distributed management capabilities, community awareness and involvement. The changes include implementing the WordPress open source CMS, publishing platform and blogging tool as an alternative to UWM’s current CommonSpot web content management system. Campus WordPress Implementation open sessions have been scheduled for July 10, 11 and 23 to provide an overview of the WordPress Implementation project, to solicit campus feedback on specific WordPress functionality, training and support needs, and to provide a forum for general questions and answers. WordPress Developer/Technical Open Sessions have been scheduled for July 16 and 17 to provide an overview of Web developer-oriented functionality and services and get feedback on their implementation. View campus open session details and RSVP for a session at: http://www4.uwm.edu/projects/wp_impl/news.cfm. An overview of the WordPress Implementation project is available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/projects/wp_impl/ and the Web Content Management Evaluation Working Group recommendations are available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/projects/contentman_eval/news.cfm.
-The Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement is looking for 1-2 energetic individuals to co-chair this year’s SECC (State Employees Combined Campaign) initiative. In partnership with the campus Loaned Executive, Jennifer Wentzell, these individuals will serve as Loaned Executives to the campaign. The commitment runs from August 15 through November 20 . Responsibilities will include serving as the event coordinator for the opening day activities, preparation of campaign materials, interactions with United Way of Greater Milwaukee and other loaned executives, and serving as the campus liaison to all SECC meetings during the campaign time. There is also an opportunity to move into a lead position for the 2014 campaign, and to serve as permanent campus representatives on the SECC Milwaukee board. These positions will be cleared through an immediate supervisor. Time commitment is flexible (up to 10 hours per week during the campaign), but individuals will need to devote an entire 8 hour shift for three consecutive days in late September to collate and distribute campaign materials. For more information or consideration, please contact Barb Puskarich at email@example.com or x3101.
-The Libraries’ Current Periodicals Area (currently housed in the Media Library in Lower Level, West Wing) will be discontinued this summer and current issues of journals will be shelved along with bound issues in the general stacks. Publishers moving to digital formats for their journals, which has shrunk the number of print titles, and the changing space needs of library users, are driving the Libraries to look at new and innovative uses for this space. The space will continue to house the Browsing Area and allow for growth of the Media Library. More info at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/current_periodicals_move.cfm.
-The 2013 Common Reading Experience is Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Entering first-year students will receive the book at New Student Orientation this summer. Discussions with faculty members will be held during Fall Welcome August 29-31, 2013. The Center for Instructional and Professional Development and the Student Success Center are recruiting facilitators to help lead the discussion sections during the Fall Welcome. Any faculty or teaching academic staff member interested in facilitating one of the first-year student discussion sections can register their interest at https://www4.uwm.edu/cipd/Programs/Common_Read/.
-Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows (Access to Madison’s library)
The University Library Committee is seeking applications for the University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows, an initiative launched three years ago to benefit our faculty and researchers by expanding access to UW-Madison Libraries’ online resources. This access will be available to a limited number of faculty and research staff for up to 12 months. As in prior years, UWM faculty and research staff will be selected to participate in the final year of this program as University of Wisconsin Libraries Research Fellows. If you were part of last year’s cohort, you may, according to Ewa, reapply for consideration since renewal is not automatic. Interested individual faculty and researchers should submit proposals by completing the short application form, in the link below, identifying which UW-Madison electronic resources currently unavailable through UWM the applicant is likely to use. Make sure you check UWM holdings before listing them. If you need assistance, please ask a librarian at http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/ask/ or call (414) 229-4659. Selection of participants will be based on the need for those resources unique to the UW-Madison Libraries and critical for identified research focus; preference may be given to those faculty who are working towards tenure or indefinite status. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 31, 2013 using the online form. Questions regarding the program may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form is available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/forms/wrn.cfm.
-Dean of the Graduate School recruitment
Recruitment is now open for our new Dean of the Graduate School and the search will continue into the fall semester. The position description and call for applications can be downloaded from this link:
-Tanya Joosten, Learning Technology Center, has been selected as a Sloan-C Fellow for "exceptionally creative work in advancing blended and online learning in the K-12 and higher education environments." Tanya will be recognized in a ceremony at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, FL, this coming November.
-Hur-Li Lee, Information Studies, has been awarded a Scholar Grant in the amount of $27,120 by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (USA).
-The U-Pace online, self-paced instructional approach has been selected as a Desire2Excel Award finalist. The Desire2EXCEL Awards recognize organizations and institutions that have used Desire2Learn technology to deliver learning experiences that are innovative, collaborative and/or have a high, significant or extraordinary impact. Winners will be announced in Boston at FUSION 2013 in mid July. Congratulations to the U-Pace team, including Diane Reddy (Psychology), Raymond Fleming (Psychology), Dylan Barth (Learning Technology Center), and Laura Pedrick (Academic Affairs).
Take care and have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee