There is a correction on the projected enrollment numbers for the Spring of 2014. It is not 24,000 as I reported (that 24,000 number was the actual number from last week), but the projected number is 26,000, which is of course much better!
Good morning, colleagues - we have another cold start! (The Chancellor will make a decision later today on the possible cancellation of classes tomorrow due to the weather)...here is this week’s update:
-A “normal” Monday with the Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet meeting. Following the Cabinet meeting, we have our first Steering Committee for the Chancellor’s Strategic Enrollment Management Council meeting - see also my update on our enrollment challenges.
-I’m attending the University Committee meeting - which is normally a bi-weekly meeting.
-Right after the UC meeting, we have the Academic Leadership Council meeting. Agenda items include BP2W Leadership Engagement Planning Reports (UWM Libraries, College of Letters and Science, School of Information Studies, College of Nursing, Peck School of the Arts, School of Freshwater Sciences, Zilber School of Public Health, and the School of Continuing Education); a presentation by Connie Jo on credit hours; and a discussion led by Ewa Barczyk on Open Access and an Institutional Repository.
-I’m attending the regular space planning meeting that I co-chair with Robin Van Harpen.
-I have a planning meeting on the Biomedical and Health Informatics Research Institute (BHIRI).
-I’m attending the UWM Libraries Staff Award recognition event.
-In his Plenary, the Chancellor specifically referred to our enrollment challenges. The Chancellor is establishing, under his direct leadership, a Strategic Enrollment Management Council that will oversee enrollment and recruitment strategies. Chancellor Lovell also appeals to all of us to become actively involved in UWM recruitment efforts. I would like provide you with some context and data on our current enrollment situation.
Our recent enrollment patterns at UWM are rather volatile. From just under 24,000 in 2000, it rose to around 30,500 in 2009 and 2010 and now has dropped back to about 24,000 this spring. Fall incoming freshman were about 3000 in the beginning of the century, rose to over 4500 in 2007, but dropped to about 3200 this past fall. Graduate enrollment in 2000 and 2001 hovered around 4300. It rose to over 5200 in 2009-2010 and was about 4800 this past fall. In other words, both graduate and undergraduate enrollments are up or comparable to 2000 figures but we have witnessed declining enrollment over the last 5-7 years. Some of our enrollment challenges are demographic in nature, as the size of high school graduating classes in Wisconsin is currently declining - which has impacted nearly all UW System campuses. However, our enrollment declines are larger than can be predicted from demographic trends alone. Our enrollment yield of Wisconsin high school graduate has fallen from a high of 6.14 in 2007 to 4.27 in 2013.
In the Chancellor’s Plenary he stressed the need to address these enrollment challenges and the development of appropriate strategies and policies to enable effective planning for the future. This will include the short term question of course scheduling, on which I hope to have some guidance to share soon. Since the budget is so closely linked to enrollment numbers (including our GTA’s), the equation is that much more complicated. For me the balancing of undergraduate teaching needs and the integrity of graduate programs will be a priority. I will keep you updated on the progress we are making in the Council.
From the UWM Libraries
-This Wednesday at 3 p.m., Jerome Knapp will present a talk, “An Interactive Visualization of Segregation in Milwaukee.” http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/directions_dh_01_29_14.cfm
-The series “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys: American Stories” continues Wednesday at 7 p.m. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/muslim_journeys_1_29_14.cfm
-Adjunct Professor Frederick Nelson, UWM Geography Department, will present “Many Are Cold But Few Are Frozen: Permafrost and Life in the North” this Friday at 3 p.m. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/aa_jan14.pdf.
From the Center for International Education
-The CIE Study Abroad Office would like to request your assistance in sharing study abroad opportunities with students by allowing CIE staff to make a brief presentation (no more than 5-10 minutes) to your class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today, or contact Mark Eckman (email@example.com) with questions.
Exploring Majors Fair
-The UWM Exploring Majors Fair will take place on Wednesday, February 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. More information is available at www.majorsfair.uwm.edu. Please direct questions to Joel Spiess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UWM Safe Space Training Program
-Jen Murray asked me to invite you to participate in one for the upcoming Safe Space Ally Development Training sessions, where topics such as LGBT+ terminology and inclusive language and practices will be discussed. More information is available at http://www.aux.uwm.edu/lgbt/pages/education-training/safe-space-program.php.
From the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
-CLACS is calling for applications for the summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) funded by the U.S. Department of Education up to $7,500 to promote the study of less commonly taught languages, like Brazilian Portuguese or indigenous regional languages. Interested Masters and Ph.D. students should contact Tom Danner (email@example.com) for more information. Deadline is February 21, 2014.
From the Center for 21st Century Studies
-Richard Grusin from the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) would like to remind faculty and academic staff that this Friday is the deadline to apply for its Transdisciplinary Challenge Seminar for fall 2014. Details at www.c21.uwm.edu.
From the UWM Office of Research
-Mark Harris would like to share with you that the Office of Research pleased to solicit nominations for the 2014 UWM Research Recognition Awards. We encourage departments/programs to nominate a faculty member for an award. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 7. Visit http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/research/news/#010914 for more information.
Outstanding Woman of Color
-The Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement is currently accepting nominations for the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards. More information and instructions are available at: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=19125. Nomination materials must be submitted electronically to Interim Associate Vice Chancellor Cheryl Ajirotutu at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 14, 2014.
Submit a BP2W Quick Win
-We encourage UWM faculty, staff, and student employees to suggest possible quick wins as they relate to UWM as a Best Place to Work (BP2W). There are many BP2W initiatives underway, but there might be additional ideas that can be implemented easily and quickly that can enhance UWM’s employment environment. Submit your ideas at www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
-Tim Hathaway (he is a staff member in CIE) took 69 international students, visiting scholars, and some of our staff and faculty to Sunburst Ski area last Saturday. Tim told me the event was organized by CIE and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association. For many it was a first-time experience on skis and as Tim said: It will not be their last! Great initiative and thanks Tim. I include some pictures that he sent me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/66798555@N03/sets/72157640183184314/.
Take care and stay warm,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee