Certified School Strategic Initiative

The Certified School Strategic Initiative is working to create an additional resource regarding program outcomes at schools certified to operate by the department and highlight worthy instructional program performance at those schools.

Committee on Curriculum and Assessment

The Committee on Curriculum and Assessment was developed by merging the CAI and LAMP initiatives and addresses the alignment of competencies and assessments across educational sectors.

Core Curriculum Transfer (CORE 42)

CORE 42 is a block of at least 42 credit hours that will transfer as equivalent credit at all public colleges and universities in Missouri. The CORE 42 curriculum will fulfill the general education requirements for many degree programs offered in Missouri.


Degrees When Due

Missouri has been selected to join 20 other states to learn best practices for engaging students who have stopped out.


Higher Education Campus Security

A resource about security on higher education campuses.


New Department Transformation

Governor Parson's Executive Order 19-03 realigns Missouri's workforce development agencies by transferring the Division of Workforce Development and the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center under the Department of Higher Education - creating the new Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.


Facility Review

The Missouri Department of Higher Education conducted a facility review of the state’s public higher education institutions during 2018 that culminated in a set of recommendations.

15 to Finish

The 15 to Finish initiative encourages full-time college students to take at least 15 credit hours a semester to put them on track to earn an associate degree in two years or a bachelor's degree in four years.

Missouri's Big Goal

By 2020, approximately 66 percent of all jobs in Missouri will require some form of postsecondary education – a professional certificate or a two-year, four-year or advanced degree. The state has set a goal – Missouri’s Big Goal – for 60 percent of adults to have a certificate or degree by 2025.


A workforce initiative designed to target state and regional workforce needs.


Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant

A new finacial aid program that addresses workforce needs by encouraging adults to pursue an industry-recognized credential in an area designated as high need.



Improving education and supporting development of industry in the critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.


Talent for Tomorrow

A joint initiative with the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Hawthorn Foundation that seeks to fundamentally reset Missouri’s approach to meeting the state’s workforce needs.