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More Than 80 Ideas for UMKC Forward


Check this out: More than six dozen big ideas were submitted as part of the UMKC Forward initiative.

Students, faculty, staff and community stakeholders came up with 82 ways to restructure and invest in the university’s future.

Team A has focused on adapting and restructuring. Team B has identified areas for investments to stimulate growth. Within each team, some subcommittees concentrated on academic programs while others studied administrative and university operations.

Here’s the breakdown of ideas:

  • Team A academic programs subcommittees turned in 22 ideas, said chair Jake Marszalek, including one that will be shared with Team B.
  • Team A administrative and university operations subcommittees turned in 30 ideas, said chair Mark Johnson, with 11 additional ideas that will be shared with Team B.
  • Team B academic programs subcommittees turned in 10 ideas, said chair Laurie Ellinghausen.
  • Team B administrative and university operations subcommittees turned in nine ideas, said chair Brandon Martin.

The next steps:

June 26: Final review group recommendations, validated by the fiscal team, will be made to the UMKC Forward Steering Committee.

July 10: The steering committee will make final recommendations to the Chancellor and campus community. Opportunity for campus and constituent comments begins.

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 reinvestments and restructuring

UMKC Forward was conceived as the coronavirus crisis 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. With UMKC Forward, the university has an opportunity to fundamentally reimagine its mission as a public research university serving the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond.

For more information, please visit the UMKC Forward webpage.

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