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Our Mission and Goals


The Upward Bound program affirms the mission of Avila University by providing support to individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education for entry into and completion of a postsecondary degree.


  • Provide a postsecondary education access program to students in the Kansas City metropolitan area
  • Partner with the United States Department of Education, Kansas City area schools, and as well as campus and community entities to provide a highly effective educational access program
  • Explore local, regional, and national partnership opportunities to provide educational access to the disadvantaged and underrepresented
  • Gather and process information regarding local trends and program performance that illustrate the current state of educational opportunity in Kansas City