UW Bothell recently began a transition from Programs to Schools as the primary academic units for the campus. This transition creates a more effective and recognizable structure to support ongoing growth in size and excellence, as envisioned in the 21st Century Campus Initiative strategic plan.
New Process Developed to Support Transition
In 2008, the Regents expanded the number of Academic Programs at UW Bothell from five to six, with the creation of the Science and Technology Program. Since that time, enrollment has soared, from 1,670 full-time equivalent students (FTE) in Autumn 2007 to 3,635 FTE in Autumn 2012, as Programs developed an array of new academic offerings to serve student and regional needs.
To better support ongoing growth, the Establishment of Schools at UW Bothell process was developed in 2011, in collaboration with the General Faculty Organization Executive Council (GFO EC), the Academic Council, and the campus community. Following an extensive campus review led by the GFO EC, the process was approved by the Chancellor in August 2011, followed by presentation to the Regents. With the new process as a guide, all Programs will become or reorganize into Schools over the next three years.
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 as Schools reflect the increased size and complexity of both units, resulting from a series of 21st Century growth initiatives.
The largest unit on campus, the new School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has launched 10 new degrees since 2007, supporting an enrollment that has grown from 500 FTE in Autumn 2007 to 1,136 in Autumn 2012. The faculty has grown as well, now totaling 57 full-time faculty with additional part-time, adjunct and affiliative faculty. The new School of Business has 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. Full-time Faculty has grown to 28, supporting an enrollment of 769 FTE in Autumn 2012.
School of STEM Established
In January 2013, the University of Washington 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.
Transition planning is also underway in the Education Program and the Nursing and Health Studies Program. The Programs have identified timelines for proposal development and transitions to guide their planning processes.