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 first three floors of 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: 

    • Renovation is underway and departments are expected to move back into the building this summer.

    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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    For nearly 100 years, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences has been committed to a primary purpose – the education and training of caring, compassionate osteopathic physicians. Today, that purpose has grown to include training students in bioethics and biomedical sciences.

    Visionary Goals - KCU's Vision for the Future

    • To become the most student-focused medical university in the nation - By creating an exceptional learning environment, with superb faculty, resources and technology, while also controlling student debt.
    • To build the best university team - By recruiting, retaining, rewarding and developing a team that is known for being the finest faculty, staff and administrators in the profession.
    • To create the greatest workplace - By developing one of the most modern, technologically advanced and state-of-the-art health sciences campuses in the nation, as well as a university that offers competitive salaries and benefits to all members of the team.