21st Century Campus Initiative

Phase Two Progress Highlights

21st Century Campus Initiative
Phase Two Completion - Fall 2019

Dear Members of the UW Bothell Community,

Thanks to hard work over the past 12 years of our entire campus community — including friends and supporters off campus — we successfully completed our 21st Century Campus Initiative, the strategic plan we adopted in 2008. In this plan, we outlined seven strategic priorities: Growth, Resourcefulness, Diversity, Student-Centered, Community, Innovation and Sustainability.

Below is a summary of what UW Bothell’s faculty, staff, students and community partners have accomplished together in Phase 2, the last five years of our 21st Century Campus Initiative. We made great gains while creating opportunities to do more and better in the future.

I am proud of the great work we have accomplished and look forward to reaching new heights together as we implement our new Strategic Plan: Expanding Access, Achieving Excellence.


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

2014-2019 Progress Highlights

A few of the many highlights for each of the seven priorities are summarized below.

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

  • Enrollment increased from 4,963 students in autumn 2014 to 5,936 students in autumn 2019.
  • The number of academic programs has grown from 39 degrees in 2014 to more than 55 academic programs in 2019.
  • The campus completed a transition from programs to schools as its primary academic units, in order to support ongoing growth. The School of Business and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences were established in 2012. The School of STEM was established in 2013. The School of Nursing & Health Studies and the School of Educational Studies were formed in 2014.
  • Over the last five years, the Division of Advancement & External Relations created and developed web pages for new and expanding academic and support programs across campus. The website uwb.edu — the University’s primary communication vehicle both internally and externally — attracted 1.23 million users in 2019 with 5.5 million unique page views.
  • Advancement & External Relations leveraged the Be Boundless campaign, the first-ever UW Bothell Husky Giving Day in 2019, and brand identity to advance the University’s reputation, drive engagement on and off campus, and increase short-term/long-term funding sources.
  • Advancement & External Relations and the Division of Planning & Administration helped secure funding for a fourth academic building dedicated to STEM, in partnership with Cascadia College. Due to open in autumn 2022, the building will house labs, classrooms, a lecture hall and other collaborative spaces. With operational funding from the state, UW Bothell will also be able to hire more faculty and educate more than 200 additional students.

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

  • As of January 1, 2020, the Campaign for UW Bothell, which ends in June 2020, had raised $38.8 million — already exceeding its $35 million goal.
  • The number of donors increased 88%, from 709 in 2014 to more than 1,330 in 2019. The total amount of dollars raised (including gifts and grants) from FY14 through January 2020 is more than $25.2 million.
  • Research awards for UW Bothell from 2015 through 2019 totaled $41 million.
  • Established UW Bothell’s first faculty fellowship endowment with a dination from alumna Michelle Gamboa whose $100,000 gift is the largest from any alumni.
  • Overall, 61% of UW Bothell’s undergraduate students and 54% of graduate students graduated debt free in 2018-19.
  • UW Bothell ranks No. 2. in the nation for public colleges that provide the greatest return on investment, according to CNBC’s 2019 “Make It” list.
  • UW Bothell ranks No. 1 in the state, according to the 2018 “Best Value College in Washington” report from Payscale.com. Alumni from UW Bothell enjoy the “best ROI” among all alumni from Washington state colleges, making $690,000 more in 20 years than high school graduates do in the same time period. The national average for earnings over 20 years is around $225,000.

Diversity: Enhance our campus commitment to diversity and inclusiveness

  • UW Bothell retains its commitment to diversity in many forms. The campus is well known for the racial and ethnic diversity of its student population. Additionally, approximately 40 percent of students are the first in their immediate families to pursue a four-year degree, and approximately 35 percent are federal Pell Grant eligible.
  • The University opened the Student Diversity Center (which now has three full-time staff offering services and programming) in 2017 and appointed its first dean of diversity and equity in 2018.
  • In 2019, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UW Bothell ranked No. 4 among four-year public colleges in the nation awarding bachelor degrees in computer science to women.
  • The campus established a Veterans Resource Center in 2018.
  • The School of Nursing & Health Studies and the School of Educational Studies co-lead Diversifying Pathways, a cross-institutional partnership that reduces barriers and ensures seamless transitions from K-12 schools to two- and four-year institutions.
  • UW Bothell raised nearly $40,000 in 2019 to launch the new Global Scholars Program that makes study abroad possible for students who traditionally did not participate. These students have diverse backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability and socioeconomic status.
  • The library’s Community Reads program was established in 2016. The purpose of this program is to facilitate campus-wide quarterly discussions around readings that foster productive discussion on topics related to equity, social justice and diversity.
  • Organizational Excellence & Human Resources created an online site with resources to help supervisors and search committees develop strategies for recruitment and retention of diverse staff. This includes best hiring practices, a cultural competency manual, advertising resources, implicit bias information and a diverse hiring toolkit.

Student-Centered: Enhance student services to support academic success and enrich student life

  • In 2016-2017, the Office of Undergraduate Learning initiated a mapping project. This project engaged stakeholders campus wide to “map” the student experience from admissions to entering a degree program. The work led to a restructuring of Academic Affairs units including the Student Success Center and the Teaching & Learning Center, and a re-design of academic advising coordination across campus, including creation of the Academic Advising Leadership Council.
  • Another outcome of the mapping project was the creation of 48 academic degree maps that allow students to compare majors and create a four-year educational plan including courses, research and internships.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Learning led adoption of an online platform that creates a network of support for student success. Students use the interface to book appointments with academic advisers, career services, financial aid, learning centers and several other student-facing services. Staff can track students’ academic progress and refer students to other services. Faculty can submit academic alerts on students of concern who may need additional assistance.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Learning led work around peer education, developing and implementing a peer facilitator program for students in precalculus that focused on developing math skills, creating a sense of belonging to campus and focusing on learning mindsets.
  • The Office of Information Technologies collaborated with faculty in First Year and Pre-Major Program, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing & Health Studies and School of Educational Studies to support student e-portfolios.
  • Organizational Excellence & Human Resources, in partnership with Career Services and Student Affairs, developed a student hiring process using the Interfolio application tracking system, HuskyHires Job board and Handshake advertising platform.
  • IT increased the inventory of media equipment for student checkout. This consists of 1,119 pieces of digital technology, including cameras, lighting kits and video equipment for curricular and cocurricular activities. The program averages more than 4,000 checkouts per year.
  • The pre-major team added peer advisers to increase support of students. Each year, four to six peer advisers support students at orientation, registration and throughout the school year.
  • The University partnered with United Way of King County to secure funding to create the Health and Wellness Resource Center and the Benefits Hub. In 2019, United Way and UW Bothell also partnered with Washington State Employees Credit Union to launch a matched savings program and provide financial education to students.

Community: Deepen and broaden community engagement and research

  • The campus earned Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in January 2020.
  • Community-based learning courses increased from 77 classes in 2014-2015 to 134 in 2018-2019. During this time period, participation rose from 46 faculty and 1,204 students to 76 faculty and 2,299 students.
  • The campus currently works with more than 400 community partners on CBLR courses, capstones, internships and other projects or initiatives.
  • The School of Nursing & Health Studies received $150,000 from Providence Health to launch the cross-disciplinary Behavioral Health Initiative, which will be leveraged to increase support from additional healthcare providers/partners.
  • The School of Business built a relationship with the King County prosecutors’ white collar crime division to support curriculum in forensic accounting. The school facilitated creation of the annual Accounting Ethics Conference, now successfully offered for more than five years.
  • UW Bothell partnered with McMenamins Anderson School to co-host the monthly Pub Night Talks series through which faculty shared their research with the public.

Innovation: Support signature strengths in interdisciplinary scholarship and innovative teaching

  • 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.
  • Faculty at UW Bothell have received six prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards over the last seven years, a testament to rigorous and innovative research conducted by our faculty.
  • UW Bothell obtained a biomedical proviso from the Washington Legislature to support STEM education.
  • The School of STEM and the Office of Information Technologies collaborated to develop the first fully online graduate certificate launched in 2018 (the Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development).
  • The School of Nursing & Health Studies and IT collaborated to develop a hybrid Master of Nursing degree in partnership with Swedish Hospital.
  • The School of Business created the first cross-campus concurrent degree program between the School of Pharmacy’s PharmD and UW Bothell’s MBA program.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2018 announced that UW Bothell is a “top producing” institution for Fulbright scholars.

Sustainability: Develop environmental and human sustainability as a signature initiative

  • UW Bothell currently offers more than 80 courses that directly emphasize aspects of environmental sustainability, including more than 20 with primary focus in sustainability.
  • UW Bothell participates in the Restoration Ecology Network and other service-learning partnerships to foster stewardship projects.
  • The campus’ carbon footprint in 2019 was only 1,403,827 lbs./CO2, partly as a result of a project started in May 2018 to reduce energy consumption through a variety of energy-reducing measures. The measures have also saved more than $170,000.
  • UW Bothell earned nine Husky Green Awards between 2015 and 2019. The campus also earned a National Sustainability Award in Facilities Management in 2017.
  • The wetlands on the UW Bothell campus achieved a Salmon Safe certification in 2008, which was renewed in 2018.
  • Since 2017, the Campus Farm has generated more than 400 pounds of food which was donated to Husky Pantry, Kodiak Cave and Bothell Community Kitchen.
  • OE Organizational Excellence & Human Resources co-sponsored the Find Connection, Build Community Day of Engagement in 2018.
  • Now a signature program of the Teaching & Learning Center, campus-wide Learning Communities are in their third year, serving 80-100 facuty and staff each year.