Between 2007 and 2009, individuals from across the campus engaged in a self-study as a part of UMKC’s accreditation process required by the Higher Learning Commission [HLC] of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In fact, UMKC has undergone this process approximately every 10 years since its inception as a university in 1938, and has maintained its accreditation since that time. Five criterion guide the self-review process: Mission and Integrity; Preparing for the Future; Student Learning and Effective Teaching; Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge; and Engagement and Service. The full report of the 2009 HLC Accreditation can be accessed below.

The process for conducting the self-study and producing the self-study report was designed to represent all of UMKC’s constituents — faculty, staff and students from across the two campuses, as well as trustees, alumni and community members. Leading the effort was a broad-based steering community and five “criterion committees” that were also broadly represented.

The total membership of the various committees engaged in the self-study process included more than 100 individuals.

Since 1938, the University has maintained its accreditation with the North Central Association. The breadth and depth of UMKC’s programs and services are described in the self-study, as well as the opportunities that lie ahead. UMKC’s site visit took place October 12 -14, 2009.