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UMKC Forward

The coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus a long-standing issue for UMKC. In recent years, the campus financial landscape has been one of tight budgets, narrow margins and low reserves. In this time of crisis, UMKC has an opportunity to fundamentally reimagine its mission as a public research university serving Greater Kansas City and beyond.

UMKC has it in its power to determine how to emerge from this dark period and evolve into a much more dynamic place — one that will better serve future generations in what is certain to be a very different higher education landscape after COVID-19.

The goal is to put survival mode away for good and reemerge into lasting excellence. UMKC must boldly restructure, realign, trim and invest. From hard decisions will come an exciting new edition of UMKC that will serve future generations of students, faculty and staff for decades to come.

This process will be known as UMKC Forward. In a fast-paced but collaborative process, teams of stakeholders will work together to deliver options for restructuring, realignment and investments.

Two teams will work simultaneously:

  • Team A will focus on adapting and restructuring — one focusing on academic programs and the other on administrative and university operations.
  • Team B will focus on investments for growth.

 

Team A: Realign to Flourish

Charge: Within the context of our UMKC mission, provide recommendations for unit/department/program reenvisioning that will reorganize and/or downsize for both efficiency and optimal future growth. Simultaneously provide recommendations for program or service elimination for significant future cost savings, particularly for programs that are not mission critical.

Committee Membership


Chancellor

Team A Steering Committee: Provost (Jennifer Lundgren, co-chair), Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration (Sharon Lindenbaum, co-chair), University Budget Committee chair (Mark Johnson), Intercampus Faculty Council representative (Jake Marszalek), trustee representative (Debby Ballard), student representative (Brandon Henderson, incoming SGA president), Staff Council representative (Roland Hemmings)

Team A Project Manager: Sheri Gormley, Provost’s chief of staff

Academic Review Groups: Intercampus Faculty Council representative - Jake Marszalek (chair)
Subcommittee Subcommittee members

Health Sciences: School of Medicine, School of Dentistry + Faculty Practice, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Pharmacy

  • Ted White, dean, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (chair)
  • Brenda Bohaty, professor and chair, School of Dentistry
  • Johanna Nilsson, professor, College of Arts and Sciences (psychology)/Faculty Senate
  • James Spence, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing, and director, BSN program 
  • Grant Verhulst, student, College of Arts and Sciences (environmental science)

Life, Natural and Computational Sciences: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, School of Computing and Engineering, Physics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics

  • Russell Melchert, dean, School of Pharmacy (chair)
  • Julie Banderas, professor and chair, School of Medicine
  • Majid Bani-Yaghoub, associate professor and chair, College of Arts and Sciences (mathematics)
  • Kathleen Kilway, professor and chair, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (chemistry)
  • Stephen Ruiz, student, School of Law (J.D.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences: School of Education + Berkley Child and Family Development Center, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, School of Law, Sociology, Psychology, History, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Political Science, REGS

  • Joy Roberts, dean, School of Nursing and Health Studies (chair)
  • Carolyn Barber, professor and associate dean, School of Education
  • Makini King, director, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Hope Ramero, student, Conservatory (music therapy/psychology minor)
  • Lori Sexton, associate professor and chair, College of Arts and Sciences (criminal justice)

Arts and Humanities (including REP): Conservatory, Art, Communication Studies, English Languages and Literatures, Foreign Languages and Literature, Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, New Letters/BkMk Press

  • Barbara Glesner Fines, dean, School of Law (chair)
  • Haley Benton, student, School of Education (elementary education)
  • Andrew Granade, professor and associate dean, Conservatory
  • Caitlin Horsman, associate professor and chair, College of Arts and Sciences (communication studies)
  • Erik Olsen, associate professor and chair, College of Arts and Sciences (economics)

Interdisciplinary/Cross-Campus Academic Programs: Honors College, University College, School of Graduate Studies, High School College Partnerships

  • Diane Petrella, dean, Conservatory (chair)
  • Amir Baratijourabi, student, I.Ph.D. program
  • Annie Carr, career development specialist, University College
  • Scott Curtis, Teaching and Learning librarian, University Libraries
  • Sookhee Oh, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences (sociology)

Libraries and Emeritus College

  • Tom Mardikes, chair, Faculty Senate (chair)
  • Jenifer Allsworth, associate professor, School of Medicine
  • Cameron Johnson, student, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Jen Salvo, head of resource sharing, University Libraries
  • Candace Schlein, associate professor and director, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching
Operational Review Groups: Chair/Secretary of University Budget Committee - Mark Johnson (chair)
Subcommittee Subcommittee members

Infrastructure: Information Services and Technology + Facilities

  • Kelli Cox, vice provost, Institutional Effectiveness (chair)
  • Chad Bristow, director, Planning, Design and Construction (Campus Facilities Management)
  • Masud Chowdhury, professor and associate dean, School of Computing and Engineering
  • Amanda Grimes, assistant professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Justin Guggenmos, associate chief information officer, Information Services

Institutional Research and Data + Office of Research Studies + Centers and Institutes/Institute for Human Development

  • Marsha Pyle, dean, School of Dentistry (chair)
  • Richard Delaware, teaching professor, College of Arts and Sciences (mathematics)
  • Brent Never, associate professor, Henry W. Bloch School of Management, and director, Institute for Data Education, Analytics and Science
  • Joe Parisi, professor and director, Conservatory and I.Ph.D. program
  • Amy Pettejohn, assistant director, Institutional Research

MCOM + KCUR + Innovation Center + Talent Link

  • Steve Dilks, past chair, Faculty Senate (chair)
  • Stacy Downs, assistant director, Strategic Communications
  • Leigh Kerwin, staff, Human Resources
  • Tony Luppino, professor and director, School of Law (entrepreneurship)
  • Peter Morello, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences (communication studies)

Finance and Human Resources

  • Diane Filion, vice provost, Faculty Affairs (chair)
  • Cory Kinder, staff, Human Resources
  • Mike Wacker, associate professor and associate dean, School of Medicine
  • Karen Wilkerson, director, Budgeting and Planning (Finance and Administration)
  • Sybil Wyatt, director, Affirmative Action

Athletics + Swinney Recreation

  • Andy Goodenow, chief information officer, Information Services (chair)
  • Ken Ferguson, associate professor, School of Law
  • Ursula Gurney, deputy director, Kansas City Athletics
  • Jody Jeffries, director of operations, Student Union
  • David Van Horn, associate professor, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (chemistry)

External and Constituent Relations + Foundation

  • Justin Perry, dean, School of Education (chair)
  • Ali Brandolino, student, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Alfredo Garcia, staff, UMKC Foundation and Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Dea Marx, senior coordinator, ProRoos/Student Services
  • Laura Rupp, director, External Relations/Special Events and Conference Services

Faculty Affairs + Diversity and Inclusion + Offices of the Chancellor and Provost

  • Curt Crespino, vice chancellor, External and Constituent Relations (chair)
  • Eric Gormly, staff/assistant director, Student Affairs/Veterans Support
  • Lorie Holt, associate professor, School of Dentistry
  • Nancy Levit, professor and associate dean, School of Law
  • Alexis Petri, director, Faculty Support/Faculty Affairs

Student Affairs + Residential Life

  • Susan Wilson, vice chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion (chair)
  • Chrisanthia Brown, dean and vice provost, Student Affairs
  • Troy Lillebo, interim director, Residential Life
  • Anna Strusz, student, School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Sidne Ward, associate professor and associate dean, Henry W. Bloch School of Management

Student Success + International Affairs + Applied Language Institute

  • Jim McCusick, dean, Honors College (chair)
  • Rita Barger, associate professor and division co-chair, School of Education
  • Mary Parsons, associate director, International Student Affairs
  • Doug Swink, assistant vice provost, Enrollment Management

Timeline and Deadlines:

April 24: Announce plan publicly, finalize committee structure and set up data repository for review groups; begin meetings with committees and community partners.

June 5: Initial review group reports, validated by the fiscal team, due with specific targets for consolidation, reorganization, elimination and investment.

June 12: Academic and operational review groups meet separately to discuss subgroup reports.

June 26: Final review group recommendations, validated by the fiscal team, to Steering Committee.

July 10: Steering Committee makes final recommendation to Chancellor and campus community.

July 14: Executive Council presentation

July 17: Special Administrative Council presentations

July 17: Campus and constituent comment period ends.

July 31: Chancellor announces final actions.

August-December: Phased implementation of immediately actionable decisions.

Spring 2021-Spring 2023: Phased implementation of longer-term program eliminations and restructuring.

 

Team B: Innovate to Grow

Charge: Identify universitywide opportunities for innovation, growth and investment that will generate revenue through academic, auxiliary and external services to advance the mission of UMKC.

Committee Membership


Chancellor

Team B Steering Committee: Director of Innovation Center (Maria Meyers, co-chair), Vice Chancellor for Research (Chris Liu, co-chair), incoming chair of Faculty Senate (Viviana Grieco), trustee representative (Jean-Paul Chaurand), student representative (Daphne Posadas), Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation (Laurie Ellinghausen), Director of Athletics (Brandon Martin), staff representative (Karen King)
Ex officio: Provost (Jennifer Lundgren), Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration (Sharon Lindenbaum)

Team B Project Manager: Kimiko Black Gilmore, Chancellor’s chief of staff

Subcommittee members to be appointed to the work groups below

Academic Innovation and Student Success: Laurie Ellinghausen (chair)
Subcommittee Subcommittee members

Academic Programs

  • John Herron, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences (chair)
  • Brian Anderson, associate dean, Henry W. Bloch School of Management
  • Tony Caruso, professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Maqual Graham, associate dean, School of Pharmacy
  • Marcus Thieu, student, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (pre-dentistry)

Faculty Research

  • Kevin Truman, dean, School of Computing and Engineering (chair)
  • Jannette Berkley-Patton, professor, School of Medicine
  • Holly Hagle, assistant research professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies
  • Jeff Price, professor, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox, professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Student Success, Enrollment Management, Branding and Marketing

  • Kristi Holsinger, senior vice provost, Student Success, and associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences (chair)
  • Alia Herrman, staff, Strategic Marketing
  • Dan McIntosh, professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Krithika Selvarajoo, student, College of Arts and Sciences and School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Gabrielle Stanley, student, Conservatory
  • Elora Thomas, staff, Admissions
Community Outreach/Auxiliary/Events: Brandon Martin (chair)
Subcommittee Subcommittee members

Community Programs

  • Lisa Baronio, president, UMKC Foundation (chair)
  • Kristine Cody, assistant professor, School of Dentistry
  • George Gotto, director, Institute for Human Development
  • Mary Anne Jackson, dean, School of Medicine
  • Steve Kraske, associate teaching professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Auxiliary Services and Events

  • Brian Klaas, dean, Henry W. Bloch School of Management (chair)
  • Justice Horn, student, past SGA president
  • Curt Jacey, deputy director, Kansas City Athletics
  • Julie Kohlhart, director, School of Education
  • Petra Kralickova, executive director, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
  • Sarah Morris, interim general manager, KCUR
  • Bob Simmons, associate vice chancellor, Campus Facilities Management

Timeline and Deadlines:

April 24: Announce plan publicly, finalize committee structure and set up data repository for review groups; begin meetings with committees and community partners.

June 5: Initial review group report due with high-level targets for innovation and growth in two categories: academic programming, and operational investment and auxiliary services.

June 19: Internal deadline for the final reports.

July 10: Steering Committee makes final recommendation to Chancellor and campus community, integrating the targets initially identified with investment recommendations made by Team A in the June 5 initial reports.

July 16: Executive Council presentation

July 17: Special Administrative Council presentations

July 17: Campus and constituent comment period ends. Fiscal team provides feedback.

July 31: Chancellor announces final actions.

August-December: Phased implementation of immediately actionable decisions.

 

Updates

May 27, 2020: Faculty, Staff Participate in UMKC Forward Town Halls

May 19, 2020: Changes to Salary Reduction Plan (PDF)

May 4, 2020: FY21 Temporary Measures (PDF)

April 22, 2020: UMKC Forward Committees Announcement (PDF)

April 20, 2020: FY21 (PDF)

April 15, 2020: FY20 (PDF)