Future Initiatives

  • Campus Master Plan

    Beginning in 2012, KCU engaged students, faculty, staff and administrators, in partnership with Helix Architecture, to outline a Campus Master Plan. These renovations and additions to our campus will ensure that KCU has the best possible academic resources for its students, and the University community has the top-notch facilities necessary to continue to grow and compete in its next 100 years.

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    5-Year Plan Projects

    Project: New Academic Center Campus Plan - Objective 5

    After a year of renovation work, the transformed building, formerly known as Weaver Auditorium, was officially dedicated as a state-of-the-art academic center - “repurposed” in terms of function as well as building materials and construction waste.

    The original structure was a single auditorium with 1,600 seats, utilized for the University’s signature events, such as graduation. The Center now houses two state-of-the-art lecture halls with a seating capacity greater than 700 and small-group study and meeting rooms. It will be in use daily for classes, large and small.



    Project: Safety and Emergency Management Office in Smith Hall

    Campus Plan - Objective 1The Safety and Emergency Management Department has a clear view of campus and Independence Avenue after relocating from the Administration Building to the east side of the first floor in Smith Hall. This expanded location includes space for security offices and a dispatch switchboard.



    Project: Classroom Annex Renovation

    Campus Plan - Objective 2As an immediate short-term solution to accommodate current class sizes, the Classroom Annex was remodeled to create one lecture hall large enough to seat 291 students and a smaller one to seat 198 students.



    Project: Strickland Education Pavilion Renovation

    Campus Plan - Objective 6The second and third floors of the east wing of the Strickland Education Pavilion (SEP) were renovated and turned into faculty and staff offices. Ricci Auditorium received an upgrade and the anatomy lab was expanded.



    Project: New Center for Medical Simulation

    Campus Plan - Objective 3The importance of high-tech patient simulators and standardized patient interactions has become an increasingly important aspect of KCU’s curriculum and a key tool in teaching medical and allied health students. While the University’s current simulation facility, the Kesselheim Center for Clinical Competence, is relatively new, the University’s programs require additional space to maximize learning experiences for its students.

    A larger facility also allows for collaboration with other medical schools and health-based facilities in the region. As KCU continues to expand its research activities, these collaborative relationships, combined with the opportunities additional facilities will bring, will become central to its future success.

    The future of the existing Kesselheim Center for Clinical Competence building has not yet been finalized.

    Progress UpdatePROGRESS UPDATE: 

    • This project has entered the schematic design phase.

    Project: Administration Building Renovation

    Campus Plan - Objective 7Built in 1916, the Administration Building served as the original Children’s Mercy Hospital. Renovated in the 1970s, the current facility requires updating to accommodate the needs of a 21st-century institution of higher education.

    By renovating the building and adding a welcome center for visitors to the north wing, the Administration Building will become a key campus entry point for students, alumni and other campus guests.

     Progress UpdatePROGRESS UPDATE: 

    • Renovations are well under way, with an expected ribbon-cutting ceremony for January 2016.

    Project: New Health and Wellness Center (Cafeteria)

    Campus Plan - Objective 4KCU believes strongly in its mission to improve the well-being of the diverse community it serves. And that community includes its internal constituents – faculty, staff and students.

    While centrally located, the current cafeteria in the Strickland Education Pavilion is limited in the number of customers to whom it can provide service. A new Health and Wellness Center, which would be built adjacent to the Butterworth Alumni Center, will provide a central location and the necessary space to for a larger cafeteria to accommodate a growing campus. In addition, the facility would include a workout facility for faculty and staff as well as space that can be utilized for special events.

    Strategic Plan (2012-2016)

    The KCU strategic planning process included the involvement of faculty, staff, students and alumni. As the University embraces its new mission and embarks on a path toward implementation of its key initiatives during the next several years, we recognize that the Strategic Plan will guide our decision-making and resource allocation.

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    The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ (KCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine, the largest medical school in Missouri and 10th largest medical school in the country, received approval from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) to develop an additional medical school campus in Joplin, Mo. KCU plans to matriculate an additional 150 students per year in the doctor of osteopathic medicine program at the new campus site.

    “The expansion of KCU to an additional location marks a significant moment for our University, and an opportunity to help address the rural health care needs for Missouri and the region,” said Marc B. Hahn, D.O., president and chief executive officer, KCU. “As the second leading educator of physicians for Missouri and Kansas, and with nearly 40% of our graduates practicing medicine in rural areas, this was a logical decision for us.”