Undergraduate Academic Affairs

UAA History






  • To help economically disadvantaged students connect with civic engagement opportunities, the Carlson Civic Fellows program was established with more than $100,000 raised from private support.
  • Honors Program builds connections with alumni, students and others through celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Honors graduate. The Honors Program was established in 1961.
  • Office of Educational Assessment researcher Catharine Beyer begins consulting with departments in the College of Arts and Sciences to facilitate creation and refinement of departmental learning goals.
  • Dream Project launched to teach undergraduates about higher education policy and help low-income and first-generation high school students apply to college. Founded by UW student Alula Asfaw.
  • Related programs brought together under umbrella of Center for Experiential Learning to bring focused attention on benefits of experiential learning to student experience and increase student access to experiential learning opportunities.
  • 1,500th Mary Gates Scholar named.


  • Jumpstart launched to connect UW undergraduates with low-income Seattle preschoolers to help these children build necessary language, literacy, and social skills.
  • Robinson Center for Young Scholars receives Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence. The award recognizes collaboration within and among departments, programs and groups that improves the quality of undergraduate education.
  • Aiming to learn more about the undergraduate experience, UAA completes its four-year UW Study of Undergraduate Learning (UW SOUL). Students most often reported that during their time at UW, they want to learn knowledge in a specific field, broad-based knowledge, and job-related skills.




  • Mary Gates Hall opens May 8, establishing an academic home for UW undergraduates.
  • Undergraduate Research Program established to increase student involvement in faculty research.
  • Emma Brunskill, Robinson Center and Honors student, becomes UW’s first Rhodes scholar in 20 years.
  • Helping hundreds of children write and publish their own books, 22 undergraduate students head out on the first annual Alternative Spring Break. Focused around smaller and often marginalized communities, the first schools to partner with UW’s Pipeline Project in this endeavor are located in Harrah, Forks, La Push and Omak.






  • Melinda & William Gates III contribute $10 million to establish the Mary Gates Endowment for Students in honor of Mr. Gates’ mother.
  • Board of Regents renames the Physics Building Mary Gates Hall.
  • Bonderman Travel Fellowship established to expose Honors students to the intrinsic, often life-changing, benefits of international travel.


  • Faculty Fellows program established to help new faculty orient themselves to the University, UW students, and improve their teaching.
  • UAA begins sharing responsibility for academic progress of student athletes.
  • UWired, a collaboration between UAA, Computing and Communications, and the UW Libraries, established to bring technology into the service of teaching and learning and facilitate information literacy.


  • Freshman seminars established, helping freshmen make early academic connections with UW faculty in small class-settings.


  • Undergraduate Academic Affairs (originally Office of Undergraduate Education) established.
  • Frederick Campbell, UAA’s dean and vice provost, highlighted two primary challenges for the new department:
    • Serve 25,000+ undergraduates who spend their first two years as undeclared majors and then disperse across eleven colleges which offer baccalaureate degrees.
    • Bring the full power and special advantages of a research university into undergraduate education.
  • Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center established to facilitate student community engagement.
  • Honors Program” within the College of Arts and Sciences refashioned into the current University Honors Program with addition of Honors in the College of Engineering. Honors reassigned, administratively, to Undergraduate Academic Affairs enabling coordination of Honors offerings across the University’s schools and colleges.
  • Classroom Support Services created from dispersed groups with classroom-related responsibilities to more efficiently manage University’s classrooms.