Changing the world starts here.

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

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.

Hear from those leaders first-hand about putting their plans into action and their vision for the future of UMKC.

Providing Exceptional Student Learning, Success and Experience

Student success is getting a student from admission to graduation. But it is so much more: elevating every student who walks through our doors and helping students help themselves. In human capital development, we aim to help students create a new perspective and evolve into a better person.

See Providing Exceptional Student Learning transcript (PDF)


Becoming a Thriving Discovery Enterprise

UMKC is ripe for new research opportunities that will promote the common good. The research capability of the future is based on the foundation we have and are building now.

 See Becoming a Thriving Discovery Enterprise transcript (PDF)


Transforming Our Community and Region With Impactful Engagement

The needs of the Greater Kansas City region are the utmost importance and driving what UMKC is doing. The university is a change agent and plays a vital role in economic development and workforce development. Through our programs, we strive to change students' lives for the better.

See Transforming Our Community transcript (PDF)


Fostering an Environment of Invigorating Multiculturalism, Globalism, Diversity and Inclusion

Kansas City and UMKC are welcoming and inclusive. Increasing interaction between domestic and international students will help students feel more welcome and improve educational experience. We continue to work to create a sense of belonging for students and working to build an inclusive Kansas City.

See Fostering an Environment transcript (PDF)


Developing a Strong and Resilient People, Process and Physical Infrastructure

UMKC is in an unique moment in its history. With change comes new opportunities for the university. By being strategic with our time and resources, we can always be better in what we do. The sky is the limit for UMKC.

See Developing a Strong and Resilient People, Process and Physical Infrastructure transcript (PDF)


Read the 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)