Community engagement: Our mission

As a regionally accountable public university, the University of Washington Bothell is committed to building and sustaining institutional and community partnerships designed to enhance student success and the well-being and prosperity of the North Puget Sound and Washington State. Through a wide network, our diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrative leadership focus on the goal of increasing the capacity of our region to identify and address local, national, and global challenges.

Aligned with Carnegie Foundation standards

UW Bothell recognizes the definition of community engagement developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching:
  • The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity
  • The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare an educated, engaged citizenry; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

Community engagement is reflected in UW Bothell's mission , core values & distintictive practices

In 2008, UW Bothell identified the principle of community engagement as one of seven priority areas for the University's 21st Century Plan

  • Build the UWB community by fostering lifelong learning and alumni outreach.
  • Broaden our impact to encompass diverse local, regional, statewide and global communities.
  • Enhance research activities focused on local through global issues.
  • Promote undergraduate and graduate involvement in service- and community-based learning and research.
  • Develop productive relationships with the employment community.
  • Build on UWB's reputation by demonstrating our distinctiveness and telling our story.

UW Bothell core values

  • Transformational education
  • Engaged scholarship
  • Inclusive culture

Read more about our core values

Introduced in 2014, the 3 Cs framework help guide the implementation of the 21st Century Campus Initiatives, through articulating the practices that make UW Bothell distinctive, the "how" to the "what" of our strategic priorities:

Community Engagement

Community engagement involves collaboration among institutions of higher education and their larger communities (whether in the Puget Sound or around the world) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.


Cross-Disciplinarity emphasize research and teaching that cuts across disciplinary boundaries.  The local and global challenges of our day require skilled problem-identification and complex solutions that encompass multiple perspectives and areas of expertise.

Connected Learning

Connected learning refers to high-impact relationships that contribute to innovative and influential teaching, learning, and research. A commitment to connected learning builds greater capacities for students, staff and faculty to connect theory to practice, exercise adaptive leadership skills across novel settings, and embrace the multiple contexts we all bring to our work.

The 3 Cs Framework reflects the methods that define UW Bothell's success across student experiences, faculty intellectual communities, and staff engagement.