Strategic Objectives

Consistent with UMKC’s Strategic Plan 2010-2020, the Honors College seeks to accomplish the following strategic objectives over the next five years:

  1. Increase enrollment in the Honors College while maintaining high academic standards. In fall 2015, two hundred students were enrolled in the Honors College. Over the next five years, the Honors College aims to increase its enrollment to 600 students while remaining highly selective and enhancing the diversity of its student population.
  2. Expand the Honors curriculum to serve UMKC undergraduates of all majors. Working in collaboration with faculty members throughout the university, the Honors College seeks to develop new honors courses that fulfill UMKC general education requirements, and to create new departmental honors courses and upper-level interdisciplinary honors seminars.
  3. Increase the number of honors faculty members. The Honors College seeks to hire new full-time faculty members who are based within the Honors College and may hold joint appointments with other colleges and schools at UMKC. At the same time, we will sustain and enhance the existing Honors College Faculty Fellows program.
  4. Develop a peer mentoring program. The Honors College advisor will supervise the recruitment and training of student peer mentors, to be known as Honors Ambassadors, who will offer friendly advice, life-coaching and pre-professional mentorship to current honors students while also assisting new and prospective honors students in their transition to college life.
  5. Build a new Honors College office suite. The faculty and administrative offices of the Honors College will move to the fourth floor of Cherry Street Hall in summer 2016, thereby creating a “one-stop-shop” for honors students to consult with the Honors Advisor, meet with honors faculty and stay on track with their Honors College graduation requirements.
  6. Enhance the national profile and reputation of the UMKC Honors College through regular participation by our faculty and staff in regional and national honors conferences and professional development activities.
  7. In collaboration with the UMKC Foundation and the Office of University Advancement, engage with Honors alumni and other potential donors to assure a strong financial foundation for the continued growth and development of the Honors College.