UMKC will become a model urban research university characterized by signature graduate and professional programs, a dynamic undergraduate population, a highly diverse faculty, staff and student body, and active engagement with its city and region.
UMKC's mission is to lead in life and health sciences; to deepen and expand strength in the visual and performing arts; to develop a professional workforce and collaborate in urban issues and education; and to create a vibrant learning and campus life experience
Goal 1. Place Student Success at the Center
To provide the optimal learning environment for all students: outstanding academic programs and experiences, seamless student support and a vibrant campus community.
Goal 2. Lead in Life and Health Sciences
To attain national recognition for excellence in research, expand opportunities for clinical practitioner training and provide outstanding health care delivery.
Goal 3. Advance Urban Engagement
To become a model urban university by fully engaging with the Kansas City community to enhance education, public health, the arts and economic development.
Goal 4. Excel in the Visual and Performing Arts
To create excellent programs in visual and performing arts that are central to campus life and support Kansas City’s initiatives in entrepreneurship, urban education and innovation.
Goal 5. Embrace Diversity
To celebrate diversity in all aspects of university life, creating inclusive environments, culturally competent citizens, and globally-oriented curricula and programs.
Goal 6. Promote Research and Economic Development
To produce world-class scholarship and creative activity, encourage entrepreneurship, foster innovation, increase technology transfer, and build relationships that create economic and workforce development.