Academic Affairs

Transition to Schools



The University of Washington recently named two new Schools at UW Bothell, completing the transition of all of its academic Programs to Schools. The Nursing and Health Studies Program is now the School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the Education Program is now the School of Educational Studies. The move became effective September 16, 2014.

Presented to the Regents on July 10, 2014, the new status responds to the tremendous growth of the two Programs as well as the need to meet the growing demand for highly qualified educators, nurses and administrators in Washington. The designation also represents the final steps in a campus-wide process to create a more effective structure to support campus growth.

Transition to Schools Supports Campus Growth

In 2008, UW Bothell approved the 21st Century Campus Initiative strategic plan, outlining ambitious plans to expand access to the university for students of great potential throughout the region. The plan guided extraordinary growth in enrollment, as well as the growth in the size, complexity and impact of UW Bothell's Academic Programs.

To better support ongoing growth, the campus began working to transition from Academic Programs to Schools, and in 2011, developed the Establishment of Schools at UW Bothell procedure. The process was developed in collaboration with the General Faculty Organization Executive Council (GFO EC), the Academic Council, and the campus community and outlines a phased approach to implementation. Following an extensive campus review led by the GFO EC, the process was approved by the Chancellor in August 2011, and was then presented to the Regents.

First Schools Named

In Autumn 2011, two Programs submitted Schools proposals in accordance with the new process. Following campus review, the Programs were approved as the first Schools at UW Bothell and in March 2012, the campus celebrated the renaming of the Programs to the School of Business  and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. These designations reflect the increased size and complexity of both units, resulting from a series of 21st Century growth initiatives.

The largest unit on campus, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences  launched 10 new degrees between 2007 and 2012, supporting an enrollment that grew from 500 FTE in Autumn 2007 to 1,136 in Autumn 2012. The faculty expanded as well, and by 2012 totaled 57 full-time faculty with additional part-time, adjunct and affiliate faculty.

The new School of Business introduced several growth initiatives, including an undergraduate Accounting option, off-site expansion, development of a fee-based undergraduate program, an executive education initiative, and creation of The Entrepreneurship Center. By Autumn 2012, full-time faculty had grown to 28, supporting an enrollment of 769 FTE.

School of STEM Established

In January 2013, the Regents approved the consolidation of the Computing and Software Systems Program (CSS) and Science and Technology Program (S & T) into a new School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The School of STEM became effective March 16, 2013.

In early 2012, a proposal to unite as a School was developed and approved by the CSS and S & T Programs, followed by campus review and endorsement by the GFO EC, the Academic Council, and the Chancellor. In accordance with the UW Faculty Code, a limited Reorganization, Consolidation, and Elimination Procedure (RCEP) was completed prior to recommendation to the Regents.  

The School of STEM offers six undergraduate and one graduate degree, as well as a graduate certificate. Four additional bachelor's and two master's degrees are approved or in development for launch in the next two years. The School houses 36 full-time faculty and has an enrollment of over 600 FTE, with significant growth projected as the new School develops.

Newest Schools Named

The new School of Nursing and Health Studies (NHS) offers masters and bachelor's degrees in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies. The BSN is offered in multiple locations and includes both an RN-to-BSN track and a new first-year track. With the addition of new programs, enrollment reached 375 in 2014 and is anticipated to grow by 15 percent in the next five years. NHS houses 18 full-time faculty members and eight staff, and works closely with an external advisory board, community colleges, and health care and human service organizations.

The new School of Educational Studies (ES) offers 20 program and credential options. These include two new Master of Education Leadership programs, as well as new minors and endorsements. Programs in development include a fully online Special Education endorsement and two new bachelor's degrees. Enrollment is currently 179 and is expected to reach 400 by 2016. ES has 17 full-time, 19 part-time (clinical), and several adjunct faculty, as well as eight staff. The School works with three external advisory boards, as well as schools, districts and the local community.

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