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  • Julia Smith
    Executive Administrator, Office of Community Partnerships
  • Nicole Blair
    Associate Teaching Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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’ll know we’re making progress as we …

A. Strengthen persistence to graduation for all student populations.

B. Demonstrate continuous improvement in all pathway programs for K-12 schools and community colleges, particularly in the South Sound.

C. Increase use and assessment of high-impact educational practices across all programs and for students in all stages of their studies, including co-curricular and global learning.

D. Use best practices to evaluate, support and recognize teaching excellence and continuous improvement in teaching.

E. Demonstrate continuous improvement in student learning through assessment of student learning outcomes.

F. Increase student awareness of and satisfaction with the availability and accessibility of UW Tacoma resources, support and infrastructure.

G. Increase financial aid, scholarships, fellowships and work study opportunities.

H. Improve post-graduation success of our alumni, as measured by established indicators.