Senate Bill 997 established the Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum Act (Sections 178.785-789 RSMo), which directs the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to develop a standard core transfer curriculum and a common course numbering equivalency matrix for lower-division general education courses. The core transfer curriculum, known as CORE 42, is a framework for general education that all Missouri public two-and four-year institutions of higher education will adopt effective for the 2018-2019 academic year. The goal of the CORE 42 is to facilitate the seamless transfer of academic credits. The completion of the CORE 42 at any public institution of higher education will transfer to every other public institution of higher education in the state and substitute for the receiving institution’s general education requirement. Individual courses that comprise the CORE 42 are guaranteed to transfer one-to-one among all public colleges and universities.

 

The framework for Missouri’s CORE 42 is designed for students to obtain the basic competencies of Valuing, Managing Information, Communicating, and Higher-Order Thinking through the completion of at least 42-semester hours distributed across the broad Knowledge Areas of Communications, Humanities & Fine Arts, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Students obtain the competencies through completion of the CORE 42 in its entirety.

 

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019

CORE 42 Course Database

This database contains the list of institution courses and assigned MOTR numbers in the CORE 42. These courses are considered final for academic year 2018-2019. At this time, MDHE is not accepting any additional courses for review. THE DEADLINE FOR CORRECTING MINOR ERRORS IN THE DATABASE FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019 IS JUNE 15, 2018.

 

CORE 42 Clarifications:

  • Performance Courses.  In the CORE 42 framework, the performance course section has a statement that reads, “Choose only one course from this group.”  That statement has since been clarified to say, “There is a limit of three (3) credit hours of Performance courses that can be applied to the Humanities and Fine Arts Knowledge Area and to the total CORE 42.”

  • Mathematics Knowledge Area.  The Mathematics Knowledge Area has a note stating, “Courses that use one of the pathway courses as a prerequisite will meet the general education credit for math. For example, Calculus meets the General Education math requirement since Pre-Calculus Algebra is a prerequisite.”  The Core Curriculum unanimously voted to further clarify this statement by adding the phrase “Mathematical sciences” to the beginning of the sentence, to read, “[Mathematical sciences] courses that use one of the pathway courses as a prerequisite will meet the general education credit for math. For example, Calculus meets the General Education math requirement since Pre-Calculus Algebra is a prerequisite.”  Three credit hours will apply toward fulfillment of the Mathematical Sciences Knowledge Area.  

  • No additional institutional courses will be added to the CORE 42 for academic year 2018-2019.

  • If the institution's course credit is greater than the MOTR transfer credit, the excess credit is distributed within the MOTR.

  • If the institution's course credit is less than the MOTR transfer credit the student will receive credit for completion of the MOTR course (at the credit amount taken), but may have to fulfill additional credit hour requirements to complete the knowledge area.

 

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

June 18, 2018-October 1, 2018:  Institutions submit courses for review

July 2018: New MOTR courses identified

September -December 2018:  Faculty discipline groups review courses

January 1, 2019:  All institutional MOTR courses approved for academic year 2019-2020

 

RESOURCES

CORE 42 Report Only

 

CORE 42 Knowledge Area Competencies

 

Core Curriculum Advisory Committee

 

Core 42 Webinar PowerPoint slides with speaker notes February 28, 2018

 

Please contact Angelette Prichett, Research Associate at angelette.prichett@dhe.mo.gov for more information about CORE 42.