UMKC gets ready to celebrate 80 years

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 6:38 a.m. CDT; updated 9:33 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 26, 2013

KANSAS CITY — The University of Missouri-Kansas City is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a weeklong celebration.

The Founder's Week festivities get underway Saturday. They'll include a Commemoration Day ceremony, a Regalia Run/Walk 5K, arts and culture events and campus tours. One highlight of the campus tours is a chance to see retrieval robots at the Miller Nichols Library.

The school was founded in 1933 as the University of Kansas City, with 17 instructors and 265 students. Now, as part of the University of Missouri system, it serves more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

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Ellis Smith September 26, 2013 | 7:23 a.m.

UMKC and MS&T operate on what's known as the "academy system," whereas MU and UMSL do not. I suspect UMKC adopted the academy system BEFORE it became part of the University of Missouri System in 1963.

The academy system is more typically encountered in private colleges and universities not having huge enrollments; which UMKC probably would have been before 1963.

MS&T is a public university campus having relatively small enrollmnt that switched to the academy system (with permission) after making a study of various higher education management systems. The switch has worked out very well.

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