21st Century Campus Initiative

Progress Notes

Achieving 21st Century Campus Initiative Goals

Working together, UW Bothell faculty, staff, students and external partners have made extraordinary progress toward achieving the vision outlined in the 21st Century Campus Initiative. Through their efforts, UW Bothell has reached ambitious goals in areas including strategic and physical planning; enrollment and faculty/staff growth, curriculum development and academic services; campus climate and diversity; student life and auxiliary services; research culture and support; and advancement and external relations.

UW Bothell's progress toward each of its 21st Century priorities is documented in a summary of milestones [PDF] and a few highlights from each are included below.

To learn about initiatives underway in 2012-13 for the next phase of UW Bothell's 21st Century journey, visit the Academic Affairs Strategic Initiatives website.
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Growth: Serve the citizens of Washington by providing increased access to a premier university education

Enrollment and faculty growth

  • Enrollment doubled from 1,670 full-time-equivalent students (FTE) in Autumn 2007 to 3,635 FTE in Autumn 2012. In the past year alone, applications increased by 13 percent to 4,761 and enrollment grew by 12 percent to 411 FTE.
  • The number of faculty grew from 85 in 2007 to 156 in 2012.

New academic opportunities

  • The number of degree programs tripled since 2007, with 15 new baccalaureate and five new master's degrees.
  • New e-learning initiatives were launched to expanded access and enhance student learning, including new hybrid degree programs in Electrical Engineering (BS) and Education Leadership (MEd). Faculty development resources for these initiatives the A Hybrid Course Development Institute launched in 2010.

Organizational Growth

  • The Science and Technology Program was created in 2009 to increase opportunities in STEM fields. The Program now houses three bachelor of science degrees, with others in development.
  • UW Bothell began a transition from Programs to Schools as its primary academic units, in order to support ongoing growth. The two largest Programs transitioned in 2012, becoming the School of Business and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. The Science & Technology Program and the Computing and Software Systems Program will unite as a new School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics effective March 16, 2013.

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

Facilities and organizational efficiencies

  • Construction on the UWB3 Science and Academic Building began in August 2012. Opening in Autumn 2014, the 74,000-square-foot building will house science labs, classrooms, gathering spaces and a lecture hall, enabling UW Bothell to educate an additional 1,000 students per year.
  • Husky Village student housing opened in Autumn 2011 at full capacity, providing 220 students with on-campus housing. The Campus View complex, a short walk from campus, houses an additional 55 students.
  • Academic and research space was expanded through leased facilities including UWB Beardslee Building, Eastside Leadership Center, space at University Center in Everett, and UWB Annex.
  • The campus completed $2.2 million in energy saving projects in 2011, reducing its carbon footprint and energy costs. The projects were supported by $745,000 in state grant funding.

External funding and funded research

  • External research funding increased from $1.5 million in 2007 to over $4 million in each of the last two years (2011 and 2012) and has already exceeded $4 million in the first five months of the current fiscal year.
  • Private contributions reached a record of nearly $7 million in the first six months of the 2013 fiscal year, continuing the expansion of private support for the campus. In the 2012 fiscal year, donors contributed $3.97 million, up from $300,000 in 2007.
  • The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, now under construction, was funded through a private gift. Located adjacent to the wetlands, the 4,500-square-foot facility will open in Summer 2013, complete with a greenhouse, education and exhibit space.

Self-sustaining programs

  • Initiatives to enhance campus amenities have included development of food services and housing programs, as well as sustainable transportation programs.
  • New program models, piloted beginning in 2009, have expanded academic opportunities. Currently these include two fee-based and two self-sustaining degrees, a graduate certificate, and four Professional and Continuing Education certificates.

Diversity: Enhance our campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Campus diversity

  • Since 2008 UW Bothell has become one of the most ethnically diverse four-year public universities in Washington. Currently, 43 percent of all students are students of color.
  • The number of international students has increased from 25 in 2007 to 235 in Autumn 2012, with students from 31 different countries.

Campus culture and student services

  • The Diversity Council was established in 2010 and has since guided progress toward achieving campus diversity goals. Among other accomplishment, the council has created a speaker series on cultural pluralism, sponsored diversity in the workplace trainings, and conducted a student experience survey to increase the positive learning experience for all students.
  • Diversity-related clubs have increased to 17 in 2012, with organizations ranging from the Intercultural Club to the Student Veteran's Association.
  • Students in Partnership for Organizing Transformation, (The SPOT) opened in 2011, creating a gathering place for dialogue, conversations and activities related to diversity, difference, inclusion and community.

Academic services and outreach

  • The Academic Transition Program, Student Success Services, Accelerated Intensive English Program, and International Student Services have all launched since 2009 to support UW Bothell's growing student population.
  • The Dream Project high school mentorship program began in 2008. By 2012, over 40 UW Bothell students were involved in mentoring high school students at four partner schools. In Autumn 2012, the Dream Project became the Making Access to College Happen (MATCH) program.
  • A cross-campus Diversity minor is in development for launch in Autumn 2013.

Global learning opportunities

  • New opportunities include expanded study-abroad options, academic connections worldwide, and campus events with focus on global learning
  • The School of Business partnered with Bellevue College enabling international students to jointly enroll, beginning in 2012.

Students: Enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life 

Academic experiences and support

  • UW Bothell faculty developed campus-wide undergraduate learning goals, which were adopted in June 2012. The goals provide a foundation for ongoing initiatives to shape, assess, and enhance teaching and learning to support student success.
  • An Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning was appointed in December 2011 to support programs that enrich and enliven undergraduate student experiences across all four years of the undergraduate experience.
  • A Campus Multimedia Studio opened in 2010, providing students with services and a self-learning facility for creation of a wide range of multimedia projects.

Student life experiences

  • A new Sports and Recreation field opened in December 2012. The 2.5 acre, $3.3 million student-funded complex includes a shared soccer and softball field, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and a basketball court.
  • The opening of Husky Village in 2011 tripled the capacity of UW Bothell's then two-year-old housing and residence life program. Now home to 275 students, the program offers students on-campus and nearby housing, along with residence life programming, including new living learning communities.
  • Food service expansion has included the addition of hot lunch service in the Commons in 2010 and the opening of Food for Thought Cafe and Lounge in 2011.
  • A Graduate Commons was opened in Spring 2012, creating a hub to enhance academic, research and social interactions for graduate students.

Community: Deepen and broaden community engagement and research

Local to global community connections

  • The Innovation Forum, an annual week-long series of events, was established to bring the campus and the community together to experience, and contribute to, the excitement of intellectual, artistic and entrepreneurial projects and events. The inaugural forum, on the theme of Innovation and Creativity, was held in 2012 and planning is underway for the upcoming forum on Engaging Design, to be held February 11-14, 2012.
  • Students at the Center for Serious Play partnered with industry professionals to create the Wetlands Restoration educational game. The game was published on Facebook in Autumn 2011.

Curricular initiatives

  • Curricular initiatives with international partners have been developed, with partners including Tsinghua University in Beijing, Zayed University in Dubai, and SMARTlab at University College Dublin.
  • New professional education certificate programs in Game Design and Creation, Nonprofit Management, and Social Enterprise Leadership were launched in 2011 and 2012 to serve regional continuing-education needs.
  • Community-based learning courses increased from 34 in 2009-10 to more than 45 in 2010-11. A Director of Community-based learning and Research (CLBR) has been appointed to lead CLBR expansion and further development.

Research Initiatives

  • UW Bothell has added six academic research centers since 2008: Biomedical and Biomedical Technology Institute, Center for Education Data and Research, Center on Reinventing Public Education, Center for Serious Play, Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal, and The Entrepreneurship Center.

Innovation: Support signature strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative teaching

Interdisciplinary initiatives

  • Two cross-program degree initiatives are underway, a BA in Interactive Media Technology, launching in Autumn 2013 and a Diversity Minor, in development for Autumn 2014. 
  • The Graduate Advisory Committee and Graduate Commons were established in 2011 and 2012 to enhance graduate-student culture and experiences and cross-program collaborations.

Teaching and learning initiatives

  • The annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium was established by the Teaching and Learning Center in Spring 2011.
  • The Office of Research launched the Undergraduate Research Initiative to expand opportunities for students to participate in authentic research projects in 2011.
  • Tegrity lecture-capture was installed in all classrooms in 2011 as a tool to support student learning. Initial faculty development sessions were held and faculty members have begun to adopt the tool in a variety of innovative ways.
  • Faculty continued development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, through experiential learning opportunities, hybrid and flipped courses, e-portfolios, and use of learning technologies.

Sustainability: Develop environmental and human sustainability as a signature initiative

Wetlands as centerpiece for sustainability initiatives

  • The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, designed as a working educational center, will open adjacent to the wetlands in Summer 2013.
  • The wetlands on the UW Bothell campus achieved Salmon safe certification in 2008, recognition by National Wildlife Federation in 2008, and achieved 10-year benchmarks for wetlands restoration in seven years in 2011.
  • The UWB Wetlands Game was published on Facebook in Autumn 2011, with a percentage of proceeds designated for real-world wetland restoration projects.

Green campus

  • Implemented green campus initiatives, including installation of air hand dryers in bathrooms to reduce waste and reduce costs, and modification of recycling bins to encourage greater use
  • The campus completed a $2.2 million ESCO energy savings project in Autumn 2011, with anticipated energy savings of 22 percent. This will reduce UW Bothell's carbon footprint by 922 tons. New online utility dashboards were created in 2011 to monitor this progress.
  • Six electric-vehicle charging stations were installed through ChargePoint America in 2011.
  • Sustainable design and universal access principles were incorporated into the design for the new UWB 3 Science and Academic Building now under construction. The building will also include community gathering spaces and energy saving features.

Teaching and research

  • New degrees focused on environmental issues have launched since 2008, including a BS in Environmental Science, BA in Environmental Studies, BS in Climate Science & Policy, and tri-campus Minor in Ecological Restoration.
  • UW Bothell participates in the Restoration Ecology Network and other service-learning partnerships to foster stewardship projects.

This brief list includes just a few of the many milestones UW Bothell's faculty, staff and community have reached on the exciting journey envisioned in the 21st Century Campus Initiative. We look forward to sharing our ongoing progress through this site.

For more information, contact:

Ann Cox
Strategic Initiative Director
Phone: 425 352-3468
Email: acox@uwb.edu


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.