As a nonpartisan research arm of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education (UMKC SOE), the Urban Education Research Center works collaboratively within the SOE, across the university and in conjunction with local partners and communities. The mission of the UERC is to create reliable, usable knowledge, provide technical assistance, conduct cutting edge research and analysis, develop data rich approaches, and disseminate this information with the goal of promoting excellent schooling and improving the lives, opportunities, and communities of urban residents throughout the United States, with a focus on the Greater Kansas City community.
Our vision is to serve the Greater Kansas City Community to better understand urban challenges, as well as those of the nation and, employing cutting-edge research, to 1) identify, analyze, and diagnose problems, 2) determine which policies and programs work best for which groups and under what circumstances, and 3) use this knowledge to create reliably excellent educational opportunities for urban residents.
We believe that a diversity of perspectives and involvement of diverse constituents are key to understanding and solving urban education issues that have national applicability. We believe that working collaboratively, academics, practitioners, community organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and the general public will facilitate our understanding to solve critical urban issues.