There’s been buzz as of late about UMKC changing it’s name to some variation of University of Kansas City or KCU or something of the sorts. The idea would be to separate the brand from Mizzou some and help people realize that the school is a major, unique school in it’s own right. Changing the name would have no bearing on the school’s continued relationship with the UM system.
According to a small and anecdotal survey of students by the independent student paper, The University News, it appears most students are against the name change. KCUR also recently did a segment with administration officials where they talk about motivations for the name change.
From the sounds of the KCUR piece, the administration is in no hurry to force this change–it is something that will be well thought out.
A lot of Missouri schools have been changing their name lately, UM-Rolla is now Missouri University of Science and technology. Southwest Missouri State changed their name to simply Missouri State. And back in the 80′s, Northeast Missouri State University changed it’s name to Truman State to indicate it’s pivot towards being a liberal arts college (go Bulldogs!). I’m still not used to the Rolla change but I think the Mo State and Truman changes were for the better as they helped give each school some distinction. Moreover, I think Kansas City has suffered from not having a strong university that can draw graduate students and keep KC’s best and brightest in the city. That has changed a lot in the past twenty years–the Bloch school is consistently highly rated now, and the Medical schools remain a huge draw. I think it would serve KC well to have the school branded as Kansas City rather than some long acronym that no one outside of the state recognizes.
But, I’m just one fox. What do you think??