The UW Tacoma experience empowers students to achieve their dreams.
Educating learners is why we exist. Our alumni’s accomplishments in their lives, their
careers and their service to our communities are the ultimate measures of our university’s
success. Achieving this takes the whole university, the foundation of which is excellent
teaching. The range and depth of our support for students and the quality of experiences
available to them outside the classroom completes this commitment.
We will create a world-class scholars program that engages students with their
community to create connections and grow opportunities. This program will build
community both for and with our students and their teams of mentors to honor the
legacy of leadership that Melanie Dressel embodied.
To reduce wait lists for online courses and increase classroom utilization capacity, we will
develop an E-Learning plan that educates, incentivizes and supports faculty in the creation
of new online and hybrid courses.
SUPPORT REVISION OF FIRST YEAR CORE
We will redesign the First Year Core curriculum to support exploration, guide students to
majors, and support holistic learning outcomes. We will engage faculty to create courses and
curriculum that support student success and improve the continuity and quality of the
We will open a Maker Space that is an intentionally designed, impactful, informal learning
space that enables innovation, creativity, hands-on learning, and a maker mindset. The space
will evolve to meet the developing needs of this campus.
LEVERAGE DATA ANALYTICS - STUDENT SCHEDULING & CURRICULUM
To reduce curriculum bottlenecks and identify success pathways for students,
we will develop our capacity to use analytic tools to provide information to
academic programs for scheduling and curriculum improvement initiatives. Real-time
planning will promote more efficient use of resources and student success.
EVALUATE PROGRAMS IN ACADEMIC PLAN
Faculty have proposed twelve new degree programs and identified numerous opportunities to
further develop existing degrees. Faculty and administrators will work together to draft an
academic plan that will guide academic and resource investments through 2022.
DEVELOP INTEGRATED HONORS
A template for creating integrated global honors pathways within each academic unit has been
created and vetted by academic unit administrators and advisors, as well as admissions,
enrollment, and registrar staff. Multiple academic units will begin offerings new Integrated
Honors options in 2018-2019.
We will define the “Husky Experience” on the UW Tacoma campus and create a
straightforward roadmap that facilitates opportunities for a highly integrated
and impactful student experience.
OFFER INCLUSIVE PEDAGOGY TRAINING FOR FACULTY
We will develop training for all faculty that supports their efforts to create
learning environments that are inclusive and equitable. To accomplish this,
we will identify and engage those at UW Tacoma, in the UW system, and throughout
higher education who have experience and expertise in inclusive pedagogy.
ASSESS STUDENT ACADEMIC SUPPORT SYSTEMS
We will create an assessment mechanism that works across the systems that contribute to
student academic success (Advising, TLC, Library, Int’l Student Services and other) in order
to better understand how they work together to support and enhance student success.
EXPAND STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES AND ENGAGEMENT
We will continue to expand opportunities for and access to study abroad programs
for UW Tacoma students. This includes a focus on maintaining equitable access
for all students, and supporting faculty in the development and delivery of
innovative and immersive programs.
After a Summer 2018 visit to the Stanford Design School by key external partners and
campus leadership, the Institute for Global Engagement was asked to lead an initiative
on Innovation and Design at UW Tacoma. A design-thinking framework will guide curriculum
and partnerships to further promote UW Tacoma's urban serving mission.
EVALUATE AND ENHANCE STRATEGIC STUDENT COMMUNICATIONS
With an eye toward student retention and success, we will create a cross-divisional team to
assess and coordinate student communications to reduce redundancy, inconsistency and gaps in
those efforts. We will create a coordinated approach to “nudging” students toward success.
POST-GRADUATE PATHWAYS AND PERSPECTIVES ON THE UW EXPERIENCE
Alumni accomplishments are an important indicator of an educational institution’s success.
We will use available data sources to analyze student post-graduation outcomes in order to
inform our efforts toward curriculum planning, student academic success, and student support
We will analyze the impact of nonrestrictive merit- and need-based scholarship
support in order to better understand the donor case for support and develop
new streams of scholarship support for our students.