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The University of Missouri-Kansas City has an ambitious vision.

As a student-centered urban university, serving our mission of learning, discovery, research and service, the 2021 Master Plan responds to and reflects the goals of the 2018-2028 UMKC Strategic Plan. The plan was approved by the University of Missouri Board of Curators in June 2021; the planning process included robust engagement utilizing stakeholder meetings, focus groups, surveys, interactive presentations and open houses with internal and external stakeholders. Building upon a rich history of planning, the document addresses the key issues and opportunities facing the campus today with a forward-looking vision to respond to the competitive higher education climate.

UMKC has invested in facilities over the last decade with projects that include the Health Sciences Building, Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center, Miller Nichols Learning Center and Atterbury Student Success Center. The 2021 Master Plan recommends continued building renovations to align with modern learning and research while simultaneously reducing the footprint of buildings and focusing new construction to enhance the student experience, student success and engagement with the Kansas City community. The plan also recommends improvements to the arrival experience, identity and connectivity of campus through the use of consistent gateways, branding, signage and streetscape to tie the campuses together and the creation of a campus heart and active open spaces. Projects seek to elevate sustainability and accessibility throughout campus.

For more than 85 years, UMKC has been responsive and responsible to Kansas City. While the face of the campus may change, that commitment will not. The 2021 Master Plan sets an exciting vision within flexible planning framework that can adapt to future needs and guide the development of the campus over time.

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