21st Century Campus Initiative

Planning Process

The 21st Century Campus Initiative: UW Bothell Priorities Plan 2008-2020 was developed to address our state's need to expand access to higher education and outline our vision for how we intend to grow in both size and excellence. Throughout a year-long planning process involving faculty, staff, advisory board members, alumni, students and others, we worked together to build on our mission and strengths to shape a  common vision for the future of UW Bothell.

Our process began with a strategic planning retreat in Fall 2007. Attended by faculty, staff and advisory board members, the retreat generated an array of exciting possibilities for new academic programs, facilities considerations, and student life and community engagement opportunities. A Blackboard e-Education site was then launched for all faculty and staff to review retreat outcomes, as well as other planning materials, data and readings, and to foster campus-wide discussions.

With leadership from a guidance group of faculty and staff, a series of campus workshops was held in Winter 2008 to further develop these ideas into a set of key priorities to guide our growth in enrollments, programs offered and signature initiatives. Workshop outcomes and resource materials were circulated and posted for campus review and comment, offering additional opportunities for participation. On March 7, a first draft of the 21st Century Campus Initiative was completed and presented to faculty and staff.

A broad campus review continued over the following weeks, as faculty, staff, the advisory board, students and alumni studied and discussed each draft of the plan, providing important feedback and suggestions to clarify and refine the document. The resulting 21st Century Campus Initiative, approved on May 30, reflects the ideas and dedication of all who contributed and now serves as our guide in all institutional planning.


Serve the citizens of Washington by providing increased access to a premier public education.


Build institutional sustainability through sound, creative use of financial and human resources.


Enhance campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.


Enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life.


Deepen and broaden community engagement and research.


Support signature strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative thinking.


Develop environment and human sustainability.