UMKC Strategic Plan

Changing the world starts here

UMKC is committed to being a transformational force in our community and in the world. That's why our leaders have drafted a bold strategic plan that outlines how we plan to honor that commitment and the steps we'll take to get there.

First, in order to build a model public urban research university for the 21st century, UMKC commits to providing:

  • Transformational undergraduate and graduate education
  • Transformational solutions to grand challenges via discovery
  • Transformational enhancements to social, cultural, health and economic prosperity

The UMKC Strategic Plan is the road map that we will follow on our journey to deliver these commitments. The foundation of the plan is the Missouri Compacts, unifying principles developed by the University of Missouri System to guide strategic planning at all four System universities. The plan is also based on a single foundational commitment: Changing the world starts here.

Strategic Plan Pillars

UMKC recognizes that a university is not buildings. It is not books or computers or advanced technology or laboratories. A university is people, because without the right people, these tools cannot perform their proper functions.

That's why the foundational commitment of the new strategic plan is to support the personal and professional development of our faculty and staff. This foundation supports five pillars through which we will achieve transformation:

  1. Provide exceptional student learning, success and experience
  2. Become a thriving discovery enterprise
  3. Transform our community and region with impactful engagement
  4. Foster an environment of invigorating multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion
  5. Develop a strong and resilient people, process and physical infrastructure

The UMKC Strategic Plan

For an in-depth explanation of our pillars, along with goals, metrics and strategies, download and read our Strategic Plan for 2018-2028 in full. 

Read the UMKC Strategic Plan (PDF)

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