Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000

Front Page

UW Bothell, Cascadia hold joint briefing

by Becky Nixon
   Staff Reporter
   BOTHELL - The only campus in Washington shared by a four-year university and a two-year community college has become a model arrangement, according to the first joint legislative and community briefing held by the University of Washington and Cascadia Community College in Bothell. Legislators, senators, board trustees, community members, staff and students attended the standing- room-only session on Dec, 7. UW Chancellor Warren W. Buck and Cascadia Community College President Victoria M. Richart spoke of the successes of the Bothell campus.
   Cascadia students Katie Hallis and James McShane, and UW students Mary Howisey and Randy Serroels spoke of their experiences at the schools: the excellent staff, the modern technology, the flexibility of scheduling and the guidance they received.
   "It was a life-changing experience for me. The classes are small and are taught by the professors, not teacher assistants ... People learn in different ways, and the teachers [at Cascadia] use a combination of audio, visual and hands-on approaches. I wanted to come to school. Cascadia's ideals are incorporated by teachers into the classroom," said Hallis.
   "It was so conveniently located there was no longer a reason for me not to go back to school," said Randy Sorroels, a recent UWB business graduate. "I would go to work the next day energized to apply what I had learned. The faculty is teaching the new ideas needed today,"
   Both Buck and Richart discussed how the co-location was working, the status of construction projects and the vision for the future. The shared library/media services, science labs, physical plant/security staff and shared food services were all functioning well. Buildings are being completed in a timely manner.
   CCC's enrollment goal was 800 FTEs (full time enrollment students), on which state funding is based, but final enrollment has gone beyond expectations with 1,300 FTEs.
   "We want the ability to grow thoughtfully," said Richart alluding to the increase and demands of students in funding and growth potentials.
   A Capital Budget "wish list" included a center for the arts, technology and global interaction and new media and digital technologies. Upcoming programs to be introduced at UWB include a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, an MA policy studies program and an MBA program in fall 2001. Planned for the fall of 2002 is an MS nursing program and an MS computer science and systems program. Future offerings include an MS in environmental science, engineering and applied mathematics.The 2001- 03 Biennium Legislative priorities were: to meet program demand and student growth; design funding for south campus access; and program start-up funds for UWB.
   The South Campus access was especially emphasized for continued growth for the shared campus. Goals stressed were seamless articulation for qualified students to further their education and to create a national model for co-locations.
   The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College is located off Hwy. 405 in Bothell. The community is welcome to tour facilities.