Academic Affairs

Distinctive Practices

21st Century Campus Initiative

  • Growth: Serve the citizens of Washington by providing increased access to a premier public education
  • Resourcefulness: Build institutional sustainability through sound, creative use of financial and human resources
  • Diversity: Enhance campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Student-centered: Enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life
  • Community: Deepen and broaden community engagement and research
  • Innovation: Support signature strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative thinking
  • Sustainability: Develop environmental and human sustainability

The 3Cs Framework: Academic Affairs Distinctive Practices

Guiding the implementation of the 21st Century Campus Initiative are the practices that make UW Bothell distinctive, the "how" to the "what" of our strategic priorities: Cross-Disciplinarity, Community Engagement, and Connected Learning. The 3 Cs Framework reflects the methods that define UW Bothell's success across student experiences, faculty intellectual communities, and staff engagement.

To insure that these distinctive practices continue to guide and enhance our work, the VCAA will prioritize resource allocation via the 3 C's Framework.


Founded in 1990 with a commitment to integrative and cross-disciplinary scholarship and pedagogy, UW Bothell has continued to emphasize research and teaching that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. The local and global challenges of our day require skilled problem-identification and complex solutions that encompass multiple perspectives and areas of expertise. To address these challenges, we will privilege projects and initiatives that catalyze cross-disciplinary and cross-unit collaborations and partnerships, highlighting and developing our institutional approach to innovative teaching and scholarship.

Connected Learning

Connected learning refers to high-impact relationships that contribute to innovative and influential teaching, learning, and research. A commitment to connected learning builds greater capacities for students, staff and faculty to connect theory to practice, exercise adaptive leadership skills across novel settings, and embrace the multiple contexts we all bring to our work. It recognizes that our ideas, discoveries, research, and institutional successes result from the relationships and human ecosystems that feed them.

Community Engagement

Community engagement involves collaboration among institutions of higher education and their larger communities (whether in the Puget Sound or around the world) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.