Mission Statements from Institutions of Higher Education

University of Missouri Kansas City is located in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.

The University of Missouri–Kansas City’s  (UMKC) is a public research university. 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. UMKC’s vision is to 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.

Why? A Story of Partnership and progress, expansion, and education – UMKC started as the University of Kansas City in 1929. In 1930, Kansas City businessman and philanthropist William Volker donated 40.8 acres to the university. In 1938, Kansas City School of Law merged with UKC to form the Law School. In 1941, the Kansas City-Western Dental College joined UKC. In 1963, UKC became a part of the University of Missouri System. In 2017, UMKU in partnership with other local and state medical institutions formed the UMKC Health Sciences District on Hospital Hill. UMKC is part of the urban fabric of downtown Kansas City.

The University of the District of Columbia is located in Washington, DC, United States.

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC)  is a public, land-grant university, and a historically black institution. The University of the District of Columbia is a pacesetter in urban education that offers affordable and effective undergraduate, graduate, professional, and workplace learning opportunities. The institution is the premier gateway to postsecondary education and research for all residents of the District of Columbia. As a public, historically black, and land-grant institution, the University’s responsibility is to build a diverse generation of competitive, civically engaged scholars and leaders. UDC vision is to be a University System that is student centered and demand is driven that, empowers its graduates to be critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, effective communicators, and engaged, service-driven leaders in the workforce and beyond.

Why? Open admissions policy, accessibility, and affordability. What interest me in the University of the District of Columbia is that it is the only public university in Washington DC. I would also describe UDC as an urban land-grant institution of higher education with an open admissions policy. Overall, I think UDC is one of the most accessible and affordable institutions of higher learning for many poor DC residents.