Office of External Affairs
Office of External Affairs
Passion Never Rests
From academic excellence to sustainability, the University of Washington strives to be the first.
In 2014, the University of Washington achieved several distinguished academic, research and health care rankings, as well as recognition for our sustainability efforts and programs for veterans.
The University of Washington was ranked #1 by the New America Education Policy Program – the ranking is based on commitment to research, scholarship, diversity, quality and affordability. We are also one of the top 15 universities worldwide and the UW is 2nd among large colleges that produce the most Peace Corps Volunteers
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This Just In . . .
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May 12, 2015
King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new King County initiative - Best Starts for Kids. The goal is to provide resources necessary to prevent negative outcomes in the community. The initiative focuses on early childhood development and incorporates recommendations and outcomes of research completed at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS). Learn more about the initiative here.
April 30, 2015
On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) for the University District. Assessments collected from property owners in this new area will help pay for: cleaning and public safety; events and marketing; policy and advocacy; economic development; planning; and program management. The new BIA will also pay for expanded cleaning along the Ave from Campus Parkway to Ravenna Blvd.
Passage of this legislation is the culmination of four years of work with the community to identify ways to revitalize the University District. This work included several community conversations, development of a strategic plan and the establishment of a new organization called the University District Partnership. The Partnership will receive funding from the new BIA and be responsible for implementing the strategic plan which is aimed at revitalizing and cleaning-up the neighborhood.
In early discussions about revitalization, community members expressed an interest in having the University share the cost of these efforts with other property owners. The BIA structure provided the best way to set up this cost sharing, with approximately 47% of the assessments being paid by the University and the balance paid by area property owners. There is also a shared governance structure with board seats on both the University District Partnership and University District BIA being shared between the University and community members.
While passage of the new BIA is an important milestone and provides necessary funding to implement the community’s strategic plan, a lot of work remains to revitalize the District. If you have questions about these efforts or ideas to help, please feel free to contact any one of the UW University District Partnership Board Members – Rebecca Barnes, Theresa Doherty, Jeanette Henderson and Rob Lubin – or the Partnership’s Executive Director Elizabeth McCoury.
March 26, 2015
In February, the U District hosted the first "Find It, Fix It" walk of 2015. Mayor Ed Murray, then Provost Ana Mari Cauce, city officials and community members walked the U District and discussed community improvement and public safety. Watch a video about the walk here.
March 4, 2015
Washington Monthly ranked the University of Washington first in their "Best Bang for the Buck" in the West. The UW is the top school with regard to the best value based on a variety of factors. Read more from the Seattle Times and see the rankings here.
February 19, 2015
The University of Washington produced the most Peace Corps volunteers for 2015, reclaiming the top spot with 72 alumni currently in service. Read more from UW Today.