Everyone Counts – Complete the U.S. Census

By , February 25, 2020 9:43 am

UMKC – and Missouri – needs your help. March 12th is the first day you can respond to the 2020 census. And for the first time in American history, individuals will complete the U.S. Census online.

The state of Missouri needs everyone to complete the survey. The count impacts federal student loans; federal research grants; campus funding; campus improvements, including labs, buildings and classrooms; health and social services; federal legislation; and students’ future careers. Many professionals working in medicine, social work, nursing, science, research or public health are also heavily dependent on federal funding. College students benefit from federal student loans, legislation, campus funding, campus improvements, and health and social services.

During the month of March, the U.S. Census Bureau will make an internet link available. The department will also mail cards with PIN numbers to be used for filling out the census. People can still answer census questions by mail. By responding to the census, you can help bring resources and representation to your community and campus.

To help ensure everyone is counted, including hard-to-reach communities such as college students, a number of campus and community events will be scheduled. One event will be April 1st, which is Census Day. Specific activities are still in the planning stage and will be announced soon.

The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living here. The Census Bureau conducts the decennial Census, the American Community Survey, the economic Census and many other surveys and is the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties, academia and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Individuals’ data are confidential and federal law protects census responses. Answers can only be used to produce statistics.

The census is also important for redistricting and fair representation. Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.

Quick facts about Missouri:

  • Missouri has nearly 6 million residents, and is the 18th most populated state in the U.S.
  • 338,515 students were enrolled at universities, colleges and community colleges in Missouri in fall 2019.
  • In 2017-18, 104,364 Missourians were awarded $431,411,598 in Pell Grants based in part on census data.
  • Census survey data are one factor to determine the funding for many programs in higher education.

Provost Open Forum – 26 Feb 2020

By , February 20, 2020 1:51 pm
UMKC students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in an open forum as part of the search for the next Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Administrative Center, Plaza Room

Join Tim McIntosh, Director of Talent Fulfillment, and members of the search committee in listening to input from the university community regarding the desired characteristics and qualifications of candidates for the position. Input from the UMKC community is invaluable to the committee’s work to represent university constituents and leaders throughout this important search process. Please join us at the forum and share your perspectives.

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