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October 29, 2008

The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to fulfill an ambitious legislative mandate for expanding access to excellence in higher education for the citizens of Washington State. Since that time, UW Bothell has grown steadily, becoming a dynamic center for discovery and learning with an array of innovative and respected degree programs.

In the same time period, statewide demand for postsecondary degrees has continued to soar, as a highly educated workforce and citizenry have become increasingly necessary in our rapidly changing world. UW Bothell is committed to meeting this demand and has recently completed a year-long process to guide our efforts. The resulting plan represents the collective vision of our extended community, including faculty, staff, alumni, the advisory board, students and other constituents.

The 21st Century Campus Initiative: UW Bothell Priorities Plan 2008-2020 outlines seven priorities to increase the opportunities for students to attain the knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for leadership roles throughout the state and beyond.

The initiative builds on our student-centered traditions, calling for an enhanced focus on creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment; using innovative, effective teaching methods; and addressing important challenges of the 21st Century in the classroom and through institutional practices. The theme of sustainability is critical to our global future and is central to the values, vision and economic interests of our students, state and region. Addressing this vital issue is a key priority of our plan and will become a signature focus for this campus.

To fulfill our vision we must collaborate with a broad range of community partners in addressing workforce needs, as well as local and global challenges. Closer community ties will enable us to better understand the skills and programs students and employers need, while enriching the education of our students by providing real-world opportunities to learn from and give back to local communities.

The 21st Century Campus Initiative now serves as our guide in the exciting and ongoing process of further developing our plans and moving forward in achieving our priorities. As a first step, new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are already in development, with initial degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biology now in development, pending HECB approval. Additional opportunities for students to study in the visual, literary and performing arts, social sciences, and world languages and culture will also be developed in the coming years.

I encourage you to explore this website and learn more about our plan to meet the needs of our students, state and region. You'll also find highlights of our planning process here, as well as updates on our progress. I invite you to contact us at with your suggestions and advice.

Susan Jeffords
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Serve the citizens of Washington by providing increased access to a premier public education.


Build institutional sustainability through sound, creative use of financial and human resources.


Enhance campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.


Enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life.


Deepen and broaden community engagement and research.


Support signature strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative thinking.


Develop environment and human sustainability.