UW Seal Chancellor's Monthly Report
Kenyon S. Chan, Chancellor
University of Washington Bothell

September 2010  
Welcome to my Chancellor's Monthly Report, created specifically for University of Washington Bothell friends and supporters of the University. This Report highlights select UW Bothell events, news and information.

Classes start on our campus this week and we are so delighted to welcome our over 3,000 students. Thank you for choosing UW Bothell. We are proud to be a part of your educational journey.

As we move into a new academic year, I pause to reflect on how far this institution has grown in the last few years. Below are some amazing facts about our growth and the progress of our academic plans. I am very proud of the work of our community and look forward to another great year.

Kind regards,


The Plan
In Autumn 2007, the UW Bothell community met to create an academic plan to ground the campus as it entered a period of accelerated physical and enrollment growth.

Over the course of the year, a series of faculty and staff retreats were held to determine shared campus values and priorities.

The resulting 21st Century Campus Initiative: UW Bothell Priorities Plan 2008-2020 was released in 2008. It outlines seven priorities to increase opportunities for students to attain the knowledge, skills and experiences that will prepare them for leadership roles throughout the state and beyond.
A Three-Year Check-in
In Autumn 2010, faculty, staff and advisory board members gathered in a retreat to perform a three-year check-in and to unveil plans for the next few years. Since the plan was released, the campus has made extraordinary progress in areas including long-range strategic and physical planning, curriculum development and academic services, enrollment and faculty growth, campus diversity, student life opportunities, research culture and support, and advancement and external relations. Some specific areas of growth are outlined below.
Status: Planning
  • Completed a Master Plan detailing the physical build out of the campus and for the first time have included student housing facilities and sports/recreation facilities in our campus plan.
  • Completing the design of UWB 3, a new science and academic building.
  • Completed planning scope for new student facilities including a Student Activity Center and multi-purpose sports field.
  • Added 36,000+ square feet of leased space for science and technology labs, general classrooms, art studio, and faculty offices due to open in January 2011, and the Eastside Leadership Center.
  • Established the Office of Institutional Research to develop data to inform decision-making.
Status: Enrollment
  • Awarded 2,488 bachelor's degrees, 514 master's degrees and 174 teacher certificates, bringing the total number of UW Bothell alumni to 9,500. 
  • Graduated first freshman class in June 2010.
  • Increased:
    o  total enrollment from 1,560 FTE in 2007 to 2,670 FTE in 2010.
    o  freshman enrollment from 155 in Fall 2007 to 420 in Fall 2010.
    o  freshman admission applications from 560 in Fall 2007 to 1,730 in Fall 2010.
    o  international students from 25 in 2007 to 95 in fall of 2010.
  • Implemented freshman admission for Winter and Spring quarters. 
  • Enhanced the quality and diversity of the freshman class each year.
  • Recruited statewide with an emphasis on Snohomish, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties, and in California.
  • Recruited the most ethnically/culturally diverse freshman class within the three UW campuses, with 54% students of color in the Fall 2010 freshman class.

Status: Expanded Degrees and Programs
  • Added 16 new degrees (12 bachelor's, 4 master's) and three options from Fall 2008 through Fall 2010.
  • Established the Science and Technology Program.
  • Collaborated with Everett Community College and Providence Everett Regional Medical Center to provide a RN-to-BSN degree at the University Center in Everett.
  • Opened the Bellevue Eastside Leadership Center with bachelor's and master's degrees in Business.
  • CSS launched first degree program expansion using fee-based funding model.
  • Established direct freshman admission to CSS and Business Programs.
  • Added first hybrid degree program in Electrical Engineering.

Status: Expanded Degrees and Programs
  • Increased full-time faculty from 85 to 120.
  • Increased community-based learning and study-abroad opportunities for students.
  • Increased external research funding from $1.5 million a year to $5.2 million in 2009.
  • Added five academic research centers.
  • Expanded learning technologies support and faculty development programs, including Hybrid Course Development Institute (Fall 2010).
  • Opened a Digital Media Lab/Classroom to support increasing multimedia innovation in our degree offerings.
Status: Student Support Services & Outreach
  • Expanded the Teaching and Learning Center, the Writing Center and the Quantitative Skills Center to better meet students' growing needs.
  • Increased services for international students.
  • Developed an Academic Transition Program to assist students in preparing for their freshman year.
  • Launched the Dream Project, a student-initiated outreach program. The project, which recently received grant funding from the State Farm Foundation, has grown to include more than 40 student mentors working with high school students in four partner schools.
  • Enhanced and expanded student counseling, disability and veterans' support services and the career center.
  • Launched the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (national honor society for freshman and sophomores).
  • Created the Office of Student Life in 2007, expanding the availability and variety of co-curricular events, orientation programs, community service opportunities, leadership development and recreational activities, health and wellness programs.
Status: Facilities & Sustainability
  • Launched a university housing program in Fall 2009 with 42 beds; increased to 70 beds for Fall 2010.  All beds are occupied with a waiting list of approximately 50 students for Fall 2010.
  • Completed renovation of the Truly House
  • Opened the Bellevue Eastside Leadership Center
  • SR 522 access ramp opened, allowing campus growth.
  • UWB 3 construction funding has been approved by the Regents to be included in the University of Washington's 2001-13 capital request to the state.
  • Pre-design funding for UWB 4 has been included in the University of Washington's six-year capital plan in the state request.
  • Created the Student Fitness Center in summer 2007.
  • Achieved full 10-year benchmarks in the establishment of the wetlands in only seven years, enabling future cost savings.
  • Began implementing approximately $2 million in energy saving projects campus-wide with no cost out-of-pocket and a $745,000 state grant.
Status: Communications & External Relations
  • Increased private support by 414% from $300,000 in 2007 to more than $1.5 million in 2010.
  • Averaged 466 new donors annually and over $800,000 from first-time donors.
  • Received $5 million in legislative funding for design of UWB 3 science and academic building.
  • Received $158,000 in new state funding for a nursing program in Everett in partnership with the University Center.
  • Obtained $1 million in federal direct-appropriation funding for Nursing Program.
  • Hosted 20th Anniversary Celebration that facilitated engagement with over 800 alumni, faculty, students, UW Regents, community leaders and special guests.
  • Created and implemented a visual brand for all UW Bothell external communications.
  • Increased community awareness of UW Bothell programs, events and impact through expanded media relations activities, including social networking.
Moving Forward: The Next Three Years
The pre-design plans for the third building are online as is a copy of our newly revised Campus Master Plan. Both documents help to showcase how the institution intends to grow in the next few years to continue to service the needs of Washington's top students. As your regional institution, we are interested in your feedback. Please send us your comments.
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