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.


Adult Learner Network

MDHEWD has launched the Adult Learner Network in collaboration with partners across the state. This initiative will support the development of educational opportunities that match the unique needs and goals of adult learners. The ALN will help adult learners achieve work success, build a better quality of life, and adapt to a complex and changing world.


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.


Communities of Action

Communities of Action bring together motivated and equity-minded individuals to make lasting change to higher education.

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.


Equity in Missouri Higher Education

The Equity in Missouri Higher Education Project has been a continuing effort since 2019 that attempts to highlight and address the major disparities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, gender, and disability status.


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.


Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant

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


Funding Opportunities for Institutions

MDHEWD offers various funding opportunities for institutions of higher education throughout Missouri. This page contains the current and ongoing funding opportunities.


Higher Education Campus Security

A resource about security on higher education campuses.


Math Pathways

According to the Charles A Dana Center, Math Pathways is designed to place students into "course sequences designed to align with their personal interests, chosen fields of study, and career goals." This page houses several resources related to the implementation of Math Pathways in Missouri.


MDHEWD 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 & Workforce Development.


Military & Veteran Resources

Find education and training resources for current and former military members.



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


Student Mental Health Taskforce

The Student Mental Health Taskforce brings together a diverse group of secondary and postsecondary professionals, state department leaders, and other invested stakeholders to expand access to student-focused mental health services and share information and best practices with the goal of creating a unified approach to solving gaps in mental health services on secondary and postsecondary campuses across the state.


Talent for Tomorrow

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