Greetings alumni and friends,
In the last edition of Insight, I described the campus' amazing growth and shared many exciting changes in program development and leadership. My pride continues to grow even though we have endured a rocky few months.
This academic year proved especially challenging for the institution. As you learned through media reports, higher education incurred reductions in its state operating funds as a result of difficult state budget decisions. In total, our institution saw a reduction of 21% in its state funds. This figure will be offset by state-approved increases to student tuition, but does represent a significant loss for UW Bothell.
This loss is, however, overshadowed by a sense of community spirit never before seen on our campus. While we have always been a tight-knit group, these budget discussions have provided a great opportunity for faculty and staff to bind together to plan for our future. Together we have pledged to ensure UW Bothell's success. We will make unit adjustments along the way, but our goals are firmly set: to maintain the student experience while growing our programs to ensure that we continue to meet the business/community needs of our region.
In fact, we are still planning our science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offerings, with some to begin in 2010. Planning for our physical space continues as well. This fall we will open our new access ramp, connecting the campus to SR522. Even better, during the legislative session, we received $5 million in design funds for our third building, which is slated to house our STEM offerings. The planning of this building represents a major accomplishment for our institution, highlighting the state's investment in our future as a regional leader in higher education.
All in all, it has been a busy few months with a summer of planning ahead. I thank you for your continued support of our institution and hope you will connect often with the university.
Kenyon S. Chan