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Academic Programs and Services


Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Services

The office oversees a wide cross section of the university: academic programs, services to students, and facilitation of the academic and professional life of the faculty. At Central Missouri, we are committed to promoting student learning in an atmosphere of open discourse and inquiry. We encourage our faculty and students to engage in active learning that is complemented by scholarship and we promote programs like Minority Opportunities for Research and Education in STEM (MORE STEM).

Reporting to the vice provost are University Assessment, the Career Services Center, Graduate Education and Research, the Honors College, the McNair Scholars Program, Military and Veterans Services, Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity, Testing Services, Undergraduate Research, and Veterans Upward Bound.  


Establishing a culture of quality at the University of Central Missouri is the driving force of UCM's Quality Improvement Program, more commonly known as CQIP. The university assessment program's purpose is to improve the quality of student learning and student support services.

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Career Services Center

UCM has a 97% first destination success rate, which means our graduates are either working, going to graduate school, planning to go to graduate school, serving in the military, participating in a volunteer or service program and those who are not seeking employment. The Career Services Center is an integral part of that preparation. Here you can explore internship and career opportunities, strengthen your job search skills and build important connections for your future. Whether you’re an alumni or a student on the Warrensburg or Lee’s Summit campus, Career Services at UCM is here for you—at no cost—throughout your life.

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Graduate Education and Research

When you choose the University of Central Missouri for your graduate studies, you are choosing a graduate education that will give you a unique perspective along with the practical experience you need for success in the real world.   

Our office provides direction, development, and oversight for graduate education and graduate research at the University.  We foster an intellectual environment characterized by excellence in teaching and learning and discipline-based scholarship; coordinate graduate program assessment efforts; and advocate for graduate education and research to internal and external stakeholders. 

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Honors College

The Honors College at the University of Central Missouri is designed to enrich the educational experience of highly motivated and academically talented undergraduates. The second oldest program of its kind in the Midwest, The Honors College at UCM has a long tradition of providing outstanding students with unique opportunities for academic study and research. The core mission of The Honors College is to create a collegial environment that promotes academic excellence, intellectual growth, and a shared sense of community among high-achieving students.

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McNair Scholars Program

If you are interested in undergraduate research and preparing to attend graduate school, this program is for you!

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal program that promotes academic research for undergradues by connecting students with faculty mentors to explore the research process and then carrying out a research project.

Visit the McNair Scholars Program

Military and Veterans Services

UCM's Military and Veterans Success Center provides a safe, secure and supportive environment for you to transition to college life by connecting you with:

  • Fellow military and veteran students
  • Study groups
  • A computer lab
  • Assistance from dedicated staff members

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Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity

The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Integrity (OSPRI) assists university personnel and students in finding funding opportunities, developing ideas into fundable projects, compiling application materials, managing externally funded projects, and ensuring compliance with external funding regulations and research integrity at the University of Central Missouri. 

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Testing Services

UCM Testing Services is dedicated to improving student learning and development, the quality of academic and student support services programs, and the overall intellectual life and learning environment of the institution. Testing Services strives to implement UCM’s assessment program, provide the highest quality testing environment, and maintain accurate, confidential and reliable test score and instructional assessment services.

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Undergraduate Research

At the University of Central Missouri all students have the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research opportunities. You can work side-by-side with a faculty member. Just follow your curiosity and research or creative interests, and your faculty mentor will guide you through all phases of the process. That’s what “learning to a greater degree” through experiential learning looks like at UCM. The undergraduate research you conduct will positively impact your academic experiences at UCM and will benefit you well into your future, providing the foundation for your chosen career, pursuit of graduate studies, or further work in your field.

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Veterans Upward Bound

The mission of Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is to provide supportive services to military veterans, guard members, and reservists which will enable them to enter or re-enter post-secondary education. Although our office is located on the University of Central Missouri, veterans in the program can attend a school of their choice.

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Academic Programs & Services
Ward Edwards 1900
Tel: (660) 543-8059



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