Chancellor's Monthly Report, Wolf Yeigh

November 2013


Our 10th day numbers are in, and we can now state unequivocally that the University of Washington Bothell is the largest of the five branch campuses in the state of Washington. As I told a reporter recently, we’re really no longer a “branch” campus. We are a full campus in our own right; we offer an unmatched student experience and a University of Washington degree.

For academic year 2013-14, UW Bothell received a record number of first year and transfer applications. The increased applications resulted in a 5 percent increase in first year students and a 21 percent increase in enrolled transfer students (over last year). We remain one of the most diverse universities in the nation, and we continue to offer access to groups who are underrepresented on college campuses. About 46 percent of our first year students are the first in their families to attend college.

Our growth would not be possible without dedicated faculty and staff to recruit, mentor and teach our students. But it’s also imperative that we provide an infrastructure that supports teaching and learning. For the last six years, that job has been in the hands of Marilyn Cox, our vice chancellor for administration and planning. Marilyn will retire in December, and relocation to a warm, sunny vista is in her future.

Under Marilyn’s leadership, the campus has experienced tremendous growth, both in physical space and expanded student services such as food service, housing options and more. She directed our fiscal and budget management in the midst of a national recession and dwindling state support for higher education. I am grateful for her extraordinary contributions to UW Bothell and pleased that I was able to spend a few months working with her.

A search is under way for Marilyn’s successor, with the intent to fill the position early in 2014.

There are so many wonderful events happening on campus this month. I particularly want to invite you to honor our student and alumni Veterans at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Veterans Archway on campus. I hope to see you there.


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Record Growth Continues

UW Bothell at dawn Once again, UW Bothell is among the fastest growing public universities in the state of Washington. The campus community is experiencing unprecedented growth in programs and footprint. Official 10th day records show that the student population has grown to 4,605 with 91 percent coming from the state of Washington. Enrollment of first year students increased by 5 percent while transfer students increased by 21 percent.

The recent increase in enrollment at UW Bothell now makes it the largest of the five university branch campuses in the state. UW Bothell offered more than $42.5 million in financial aid to its undergraduate students, with 28 percent receiving aid through the Husky Promise. Read more about UW Bothell’s growth.

CBLR Announces 10 New Fellows

2013-2014 CBLR Fellows Each year, the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research awards fellowships to faculty and staff. The CBLR fellowship supports scholarly work that also creates pathways for students to engage with the community through academic coursework. Meet the 2013-2014 CBLR Fellows.

UW Bothell In the News

UW Bothell Campus The UW Bothell experience is newsworthy. A recent Seattle Times profile gave readers a glimpse of the university’s history before introducing readers to the competitive four-year institution UW Bothell has become. The story was picked up by media outlets across the country. Read the full article at the Seattle Times website.

UW Bothell research professor Paul T. Hill was also in the news. Hill is the founder of UW Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education. Hill’s article in The Atlantic argued that New York City’s next mayor should keep outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education plan in place, citing several notable successes. Read the entire article at The Atlantic

Lessons From UW Regent Bill Ayer

Bill Ayer UW regent and chairman of Alaska Air Group, Bill Ayer, shared his leadership lessons with more than 100 undergraduate students, alumni, faculty and staff. Ayer told attendees at the October student-led BOLD event that the three essentials for business success are people, persistence and priorities. Three Alaska Airlines employees with UW Bothell connections were also honored at the event. Read more about BOLD and Bill Ayer.

Beta Alpha Psi to Host Fourth Financial Literacy Symposium

Financial graph For the fourth consecutive year, UW Bothell and its chapter of Beta Alpha Psi have been selected to host the spring 2014 Western Washington Financial Literacy Symposium for high school students. After receiving training from the  Washington Society of CPAs, the UW Bothell Beta Alpha Psi members will teach high school students about several financial literacy topics, including personal financial planning and basic investment strategies.

Debate Team Begins Season Strong

UW Bothell 2013 debate team UW Bothell Speech and Debate is off to another great season. Debate coach Denise Vaughan says the team showed well at the October Steve Hunt Classic Tournament at Lewis and Clark College. Of more than 40 other institutions and hundreds of students, UW Bothell placed 17th overall with several team members placing in the top 10 in their divisions.

Upcoming Events

UW Bothell Veteran Reception

USA flags at UW Bothell

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Veterans Archway, UW Bothell - 4 to 6 p.m.

UW Bothell Chancellor and U.S. Navy veteran Dr. Wolf Yeigh will be present at this event to recognize student and alumni veterans.

View Veteran Reception details

Lend A Paw

UW Bothell Lend-A-Paw event photo

Saturday, Nov. 23
Bothell Landing

Join students, faculty, staff and alumni from UW Bothell for the third annual "Lend A Paw," our annual day of service to the community. When the work is done, we'll watch the Huskies take on Arizona State.

Learn More About Lend A Paw


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