21st Century Campus Initiative

Phase One Progress Highlights

21st Century Campus Initiative
Phase One Completion - Spring 2014

Dear Members of the UW Bothell Community, Supporters and Friends,

The completion of Phase 1 of the 21st Century Campus Initiative is a testament to the vision, hard work and mettle of all who have worked to make the University of Washington Bothell a great university.

In 2008, UW Bothell adopted the 21st Century Campus Initiative strategic plan. That plan outlined seven strategic priorities and an enrollment target of 5,000 by 2020. As you know, we have already surpassed this enrollment goal – six years ahead of our target date.

You'll find a summary of the tremendous success that has been made in our strategic priorities in the 21st Century Campus Initiative Phase 1 report [PDF]. The campus has reached the goal to grow to 5,000 and to achieve significant progress on each of its seven priorities: Growth, Resourcefulness, Diversity, Student-centered, Community, Innovation, and Sustainability. With this, Phase 1 of the strategic plan is complete and we celebrate the many accomplishments of the entire UW Bothell community. It is a tremendous feat, accomplished with few resources, but great ingenuity and innovation.

As we embark upon Phase 2, we will reflect on these priorities to determine how they may guide our next phase of growth. Having surpassed our goal of 5,000 students, we now have a new enrollment goal: 7,500 students. As we did before, we will seek input from the campus community, our Advisory Board and many supporters as we more fully define our vision for the future.

Thank you for your role in shaping the success of the University of Washington Bothell. It would not have happened without everyone grabbing an oar and pulling a stroke. Great things are ahead for this university and I look forward to partnering with you in the success of the next phase of our 21st Century Campus Initiative.


Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Ph.D., F.ASME
Chancellor and Professor

2008-2014 Progress Highlights

A few of the many highlights for each of the seven priorities are summarized below. For further details, including an introduction to the next phase of the strategic plan, please see the 21st Century Campus Initiative Phase One report [PDF].

Growth: Serve the citizens of Washington by providing increased access to a premier university education

Enrollment and faculty growth

  • Enrollment doubled from 1,670 full-time-equivalent students (FTE) in Autumn 2007 to 4,600 total students in 2013 and over 5,000 projected for Autumn 2014.
  • The number of faculty grew from 85 in 2007 to 220 in Fall of 2014.

New academic opportunities

  • The number of degree programs has grown from 10 in 2007 to 39 in 2014, with 23 new baccalaureate and 6 new master's degrees. New opportunities include an array of new STEM degrees, as well as programs in Nursing and Health Studies, Business, Education, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
  • New e-learning initiatives were launched to expanded access and enhance student learning, including new hybrid degree programs in Electrical Engineering (BS) and Education Leadership (MEd). Faculty development resources for these initiatives the Hybrid Course Development Institute launched in 2010 and a new Online Learning Institute launched in 2014.

Organizational Growth

  • The campus began a transition from Programs to Schools as its primary academic units, in order to support ongoing growth. The Schools of Business and IAS were established in 2012.
  • Two Programs united in 2013 to form a new School of STEM. The School now now enrolls over 1,200 students in science and technology degrees.
  • Proposals for the Nursing and Health Studies and Education Programs to become Schools are in approval processes.

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

Facilities and organizational efficiencies

  • Completed construction of Discovery Hall, a 74,000 square foot Science and Academic Building. Opening in Autumn 2014, the new building will house science labs, classrooms, gathering spaces and a lecture hall, enabling UW Bothell to educate an additional 1,000 students per year.
  • Husky Village student housing opened in Autumn 2011 at full capacity, providing 220 students with on-campus housing. The Campus View complex, a short walk from campus, houses an additional 55 students.
  • Academic and research space was expanded through leased facilities including UWB Beardslee Building, Eastside Leadership Center, space at University Center in Everett, and UWB Annex.
  • The campus completed $2.2 million in energy saving projects in 2011, reducing its carbon footprint and energy costs. The projects were supported by $745,000 in state grant funding.

External funding and funded research

  • External research funding increased from $1.5 million in 2007 to over $10 million in the 2013 fiscal year.
  • Private contributions grew from $300,000 in 2007 to a record of nearly $13 million in 2013, continuing the expansion of private support for the campus.
  • The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory was funded through a private gift. Located adjacent to the wetlands, the 4,500-square-foot facility opened in Fall 2013, complete with greenhouse, education and exhibit spaces.

Self-sustaining programs

  • Initiatives to enhance campus amenities have included development of food services and housing programs, as well as sustainable transportation programs.
  • New program models, piloted beginning in 2009, have expanded academic opportunities. Currently these include two fee-based and two self-sustaining degrees, a graduate certificate, and four Professional and Continuing Education certificates.

Diversity: Enhance our campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

Campus diversity

  • Since 2008, UW Bothell has become the most ethnically diverse four-year university in the state. Currently, 50 percent of all students are students of color and over half of first-year class are first generation college attenders.
  • The number of international students has increased from 25 in 2007 to 235 in Autumn 2012, with students from 31 different countries.

Campus culture and student services

  • The Diversity Council was established in 2010 and has since guided progress toward achieving campus diversity goals. Among other accomplishment, the council has created a speaker series on cultural pluralism, sponsored diversity in the workplace trainings, and supported student diversity and social justice programs. In 2014, the council co-sponsored a visit and dialogue with social justice activist Dr. Cornel West.
  • The Office of Student Life works with students in development of programs supporting awareness and understanding of diversity, social justice, gender equity, historically underrepresented communities, and multiculturalism. Programs include the Diversity Dine & Dialogue Series, IDEA Project (Identity, Dialogue, Expression, Action), Intercultural Leadership Alliance (ILA),International Student Facilitators (ISF), a reflection room, and events and trainings.
  • Diversity-related clubs increased to 17 in 2012, with organizations ranging from the Intercultural Club to the Student Veteran's Association.

Academic services and outreach

  • The Academic Transition Program, Student Success Services, Accelerated Intensive English Program, and International Student Services have all launched since 2009 to support UW Bothell's growing student population.
  • The Dream Project high school mentorship program began in 2008. By 2012, over 40 UW Bothell students were involved in mentoring high school students at four partner schools. In Autumn 2012, the Dream Project became the Making Access to College Happen (MATCH) program.
  • A cross-campus Diversity minor is approved for launch in 2014-15.

Global learning opportunities

  • Launched Global Initiatives to develop infrastructure for more robust internationalization programs, including study abroad, academic connections worldwide, international student program, and opportunities for global engagement close to home. 
  • The School of Business partnered with Bellevue College enabling international students to jointly enroll, beginning in 2012.

Students: Enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life 

Academic experiences and support

  • Campus-wide undergraduate learning goals were adopted in June 2012. The goals provide a foundation for ongoing initiatives to shape, assess, and enhance teaching and learning to support student success.
  • A new Student Success Center (SSC) opened in 2014, bringing key resources together to enhance student experiences. The SSC is home to career services; first-year and pre-major programs and advising; disability resources; global initiatives; undergraduate research; and student leadership, diversity and engagement projects.
  • The campus Library expanded services and assessment activities, development of a new resource orientation program and information literacy rubrics for first-year students.
  • An Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning was appointed in December 2011 to support programs that enrich and enliven undergraduate student experiences across all four years of the undergraduate experience.
  • A Campus Multimedia Studio opened in 2010, providing students with services and a self-learning facility for creation of a wide range of multimedia projects.

Student life experiences

  • A new Sports and Recreation field opened in December 2012. The 2.5 acre, $3.3 million student-funded complex includes a shared soccer and softball field, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and a basketball court.
  • The opening of Husky Village in 2011 tripled the capacity of UW Bothell's then two-year-old housing and residence life program. Now home to 275 students, the program offers students on-campus and nearby housing, along with residence life programming, including new living learning communities.
  • Construction for a new Student Activities Center begins in Summer 2014.
  • Food service expansion has included the addition of hot lunch service in the Commons in 2010 and the opening of Food for Thought Cafe and Lounge in 2011.

Community: Deepen and broaden community engagement and research

Local to global community connections

  • The Innovation Forum, a week-long series of events, was held in 2011 to bring the campus and the community together to experience, and contribute to, the excitement of intellectual, artistic and entrepreneurial projects and events. The inaugural event explored the theme of Innovation and Creativity, and a 2012 Forum focused on Engaging Design.
  • The Digital Future Lab (formerly Center for Serious Play) partnered with Microsoft, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and others in developing interactive media projects, providing students with hands-on experiences.
  • A Director of Community-based Learning and Research (CBLR) was appointed in 2013 to further develop CBLR and community engagement initiatives as a signature strength of the campus.

Curricular initiatives

  • Curricular initiatives with international partners have been developed, with partners including Tsinghua University in Beijing, Zayed University in Dubai, and SMARTlab at University College Dublin.
  • New professional education certificate programs in Game Design and Creation, Nonprofit Management, and Social Enterprise Leadership were launched in 2011 and 2012 to serve regional continuing-education needs.
  • Community-based learning courses increased from 34 in 2009-10 to more than 45 in 2010-11. A Director of Community-based learning and Research (CLBR) has been appointed to lead CLBR expansion and further development.

Research Initiatives

  • UW Bothell has added six academic research centers since 2008: Biomedical and Biomedical Technology Institute, Center for Education Data and Research, Center on Reinventing Public Education, Center for Serious Play, Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal, and The Entrepreneurship Center.

Innovation: Support signature strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative teaching

Teaching and learning initiatives

  • The Office of Research launched the Undergraduate Research Initiative in 2011 to expand opportunities for students to participate in authentic research experiences. Three quarters of faculty now engage undergraduates in their research projects.
  • The annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium was established by the Teaching and Learning Center in Spring 2011.
  • Tegrity lecture-capture was installed in all classrooms in 2011 as a tool to support student learning. Initial faculty development sessions were held and faculty members have begun to adopt the tool in a variety of innovative ways.
  • Faculty continued development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, through experiential learning opportunities, hybrid and flipped courses, e-portfolios, and use of learning technologies.

Interdisciplinary initiatives

  • Two cross-program degree initiatives are underway, a BA in Interactive Media Technology, launched in 2013 and a Diversity Minor, launching in 2013-14. 
  • A Graduate Advisory Committee and Graduate Commons were established in 2011 and 2012 to enhance graduate-student culture and experiences and cross-program collaborations.

Sustainability: Develop environmental and human sustainability as a signature initiative

Wetlands as centerpiece for sustainability initiatives

  • The Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory opened in 2013, serving as a working educational center, adjacent to the wetlands.
  • The wetlands on the UW Bothell campus achieved Salmon safe certification in 2008, recognition by National Wildlife Federation in 2008, and achieved 10-year benchmarks for wetlands restoration in seven years in 2011.
  • The UWB Wetlands Game was published on Facebook in Autumn 2011, with a percentage of proceeds designated for real-world wetland restoration projects.

Green campus

  • The campus received a $550,000 grant in 2014 to install solar panels, as part of a collaborative project with Cascadia Community College.
  • The campus completed a $2.2 million ESCO energy savings project in Autumn 2011, with anticipated energy savings of 22 percent. This will reduce UW Bothell's carbon footprint by 922 tons. New online utility dashboards were created in 2011 to monitor this progress.
  • Implemented green campus initiatives, including installation of air hand dryers in bathrooms to reduce waste and reduce costs, and modification of recycling bins to encourage greater use
  • Six electric-vehicle charging stations were installed through ChargePoint America in 2011.
  • Sustainable design and universal access principles were incorporated into the design of the new Discovery Hall science and academic building. Opeing in Fall 2014, the building will also include community gathering spaces and energy saving features.

Teaching and research

  • New degrees focused on environmental issues have launched since 2008, including a BS in Environmental Science, BA in Environmental Studies, BS in Climate Science & Policy, and tri-campus Minor in Ecological Restoration.
  • UW Bothell participates in the Restoration Ecology Network and other service-learning partnerships to foster stewardship projects.

This brief list includes just a few of the many milestones UW Bothell's faculty, staff and community have reached on the exciting journey envisioned in the 21st Century Campus Initiative. We look forward to sharing our progress as we embark on Phase 2 of the plan.


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.