Trends and Issues in Higher Ed


October 12, 2016

Human Health

Dr. Anna Rose Shope, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, at the UW Neighborhood Shoreline Clinic.

Over the last 25 years, we have seen some of the greatest advances in medicine in the history of humankind. In the next 25 years, the greatest transformations will come as a result of interdisciplinary collaborations in the areas of clinical care, public health interventions, public policy, technology and more. Community engagement leads to new…

Environmental Resiliency

Flare Stack

There is no question that our environment and its resources impact human health and well-being. The exact extent of the impact, however, is not always clear. From energy production to pollution, from natural disasters to overfishing, the Population Health Initiative encourages connections across disciplines to seek a better understanding of environmental sustainability. Connecting to nature…

October 11, 2016

Social and Economic Equity

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Social and economic inequity has lasting effects on societies and the health of populations. UW scholars from a wide range of disciplines are addressing equity in innovative ways. Solutions range from addressing income inequality to education quality, poverty to criminal justice reform, and many other equity issues that directly and indirectly affect human health and…

February 26, 2016

UW Tacoma’s Transfer Peer Advisers

Group of UW Tacoma's Transfer Peer Advisors

“Near-peer” programs in which advanced students advise, mentor and support new students are tried and true elements of many orientation and transition programs across the country. This can be especially helpful in orienting transfer students, helping them be as efficient as possible with their time on campus before graduating. Keeping stride with this best practice,…

November 18, 2015

UW Tacoma and its Community Pave Pathways to Promise

Pathways to Promise Students

What does it mean to “create a college-going culture” in a community struggling with high student dropout rates? Recognizing the effects of oppressive barriers such as structural discrimination and the cycle of poverty, among other factors, UW Tacoma is fighting to make educational equity a reality for its community. Dr. Cedric Howard, vice chancellor for…

January 20, 2015

Supporting student-veterans working towards a degree and a dream

VIBE students

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) recruits University of Washington Tacoma students with military backgrounds into a cohort-based program that provides coaching, mentorship from local business leaders and peer support as they flesh out and implement their ideas for new businesses. On Veterans Day 2013, the Tacoma campus launched the VIBE program, which Alfie…

October 31, 2014

Personalizing online courses


“Teaching online allows me to talk to each student personally every week,” says Christine Stevens, Associate Professor, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership at UW Tacoma. “I don’t get that in a big in-person class of 45 students. Some students are too shy to talk to me in person.” Stevens teaches multiple online and hybrid classes that…

May 1, 2014

Focusing on real-world research

If current projections hold, recent graduates may change jobs ten times or more in their lives, and may work in careers that don’t yet exist.1,2Experience in academic research will help students meet these challenges, because the ability to reinvent oneself is essentially a research skill. Faculty throughout the UW’s three campuses are working to involve…

Preparing globally-engaged leaders

In our increasingly interconnected world, UW graduates will need to navigate the complexities of working with multidisciplinary teams and engaging with communities other than their own.1 In this environment, effective communication and collaboration require more than tolerance or respect for difference; knowledge about the world and practice partnering across boundaries will serve our graduates well…

March 1, 2013

To tweet or not to tweet

Group of young people sitting at a cafe, with mobiles and tablet

Dr. Alissa Ackerman, Assistant Professor of Social Work at UW Tacoma—a 2012 UW Tacoma Tech Fellow—has used Twitter in and out of the classroom to engage students in a broad conversation about criminal justice issues. How she did it Twitter: “Setting up Twitter was the easy part for all. Operating Twitter was a little more…

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