Celebrating the year's achievements

 
This week we celebrated the achievements of the graduating class of 2017. It’s a class filled with about 2,000 stories of students who have been challenged and who have challenged, who have pushed academic and innovative boundaries and who have already begun to take what they’ve learned and pour it back into our region. This class has become part of our growing UW Bothell alumni network, which is now almost 20,000 strong, and they give us continued hope for our region and our nation.
 
This is also a time to celebrate our entire community, from our students to our faculty and staff, our friends and alumni. We are a better University because of all your many achievements over the last academic year.
 
As we celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of this last year, it is appropriate to look back over the past 27 years since UW Bothell was founded and acknowledge our enduring commitment to the original mission. We were created by law in 1989 for the express purpose of making the benefits of higher education “more widely available to the citizens of the state of Washington.”
 
Since then we have grown in the number of programs and in our standing as a contributing member of the community.
 
We have indeed come far, yet we have so much more to accomplish together. As we move toward the completion of our 21st Century Strategic Plan, next year is the time for us to begin planning for our new strategic plan. It is time to think about how we can create the next phase of UW Bothell 2.0.
 
Our core mission to provide access to an excellent UW education has not changed — and will not change.
 
To make way for our future planning work, we are currently analyzing our best practices, infrastructure and budgets. We have decided, for example, to stabilize our enrollment at 5,300 FTE at our Bothell campus for the next several years so we can increase our focus on creating systems for fiscal equilibrium — systems that will allow us to better serve our students next year and in the future.
 
All of this work is part of our commitment to academic excellence and to creating a dynamic, inclusive and diverse community of students, scholars, researchers, practitioners, teachers and leaders.
 
Our outcomes are measured not just by the 45 programs and the many curricular and co-curricular opportunities we offer students, but by how well students navigate through our programs… how well they persist, achieve, graduate and, as alumni, become contributing citizens and leaders in Washington and around the world.
 
That is the true value of a UW Bothell education.
 
I want to highlight three shining examples of the UW Bothell experience. At our commencement ceremony, we honored recipients of our President’s and Chancellor’s medals, Lingling Yuan, Kyra Laughlin and Erica Qiao. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit our Commencement 2017 page to view the videos that were shared at the ceremony. You can also watch the excitement unfold by viewing the entire event.
 
Whether you’re a member of the student body, faculty or staff, I want to thank you for making educational experiences like these possible.
 
So enjoy the summer, wherever it may take you, and I look forward to welcoming you back next academic year to continue our work together.