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July 3, 2024

Avila in the Media: Expanding Horizons and Embracing Growth

From athletics to academics to student life, Avila is growing and has much to offer its students!
Avila at a glance. From athletics to academics to student life, Avila is growing and has much to offer its students!

Each student invited to campus at Avila University brings a unique and valuable perspective, enriching the fabric of our academic community. We recognize that every student’s personal background, experiences, and aspirations contribute to a vibrant and dynamic learning environment. Our institutional focus on meeting the diverse needs of each of our students is at the heart of our Education Without Limits philosophy.

This approach goes beyond traditional educational boundaries, striving to provide personalized support, inclusive opportunities, and innovative resources that cater to the distinct needs of each individual. And our commitment to Education Without Limits has earned us great media coverage this summer.

Our emphasis on broadening horizons helped students embark across the globe this summer to attend our first Summer Innovation Camp in Tunisia, through a partnership with the University of Carthage, the Cité des Sciences de Tunis, Amideast, the United States Embassy in Tunis and AmCham.

“This first-of-its-kind event is a unique opportunity for students to listen to world-renowned speakers, meet industry leaders and explore cutting-edge topics,” said Jim Burkee, PhD, president of Avila University. “We are delighted to receive such strong support through our partnerships with these renowned organizations and we are confident that this will be an unforgettable experience for many of the participants.”

The five-day program included interactive seminars and discussions, with students and professionals learning from U.S. business leaders and academics. Students earned a certificate and college credit.

Closer to home, Avila is making headlines for bringing our core values to life through a focus on access and inclusion, all of which is resulting in record enrollment on campus and around the world.

“That culture and atmosphere of belonging has really drawn students from Kansas City, low-income communities, people from diverse backgrounds, immigrant communities, and even students from overseas,” Dr. Burkee told a reporter from KSHB 41, Kansas City’s local NBC affiliate.

The story highlighted several areas where Avila is seeing success recently – including new programs in STEM fields and digital media and our new SwiftPace three-year degree program – and our efforts to expand our housing options for students on campus.

Whether here on campus in Kansas City or across the ocean in Tunisia, we are dedicated to removing barriers and empowering every student to reach their full potential. At Avila, Education Without Limits is not just a motto but a lived experience that shapes our community.

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