The Missouri Higher Education Core Transfer Curriculum (CORE 42) is a forty-two semester credit hour statewide general education curriculum designed to ensure that all graduates possess a common core of college-level skills and knowledge. CORE 42 is intended to facilitate student transfer of academic credits among Missouri’s public institutions of higher education. Completion of the CORE 42 at any Missouri public institution of higher education will be recognized by all other Missouri public institutions of higher education and substitute for the receiving institution’s general education requirement (some exceptions may apply based on the other school’s transfer policies). Individual courses that comprise the CORE 42 are guaranteed to transfer one-to-one among all public colleges and universities.
Who qualifies for CORE 42?
Effective Fall 2018, a student who attends another Missouri public college or university after high school graduation and has attempted 12 credit hours or more is eligible for CORE 42. A degree-seeking student who returns to Missouri Western after identifying another Missouri public college or university as their home institution, and attempting 12 credit hours at this school, will also be eligible for CORE 42. Once a student qualifies for CORE 42 at any Missouri public college or university this status will not be lost if a subsequent transfer occurs.
How does the CORE 42 program work?
Once a student applies for admission to MWSU and is identified as CORE 42 eligible their student record will be coded appropriately. The student’s degree audit on Griffon GPS will reflect the CORE 42 general education curriculum and transfer courses which meet requirements will show as complete. When CORE 42 general education courses have all been completed (and the last class in the curriculum was earned at MWSU), a “General Studies Met” statement will be placed on the student’s MWSU transcript.
What courses are included in the CORE 42 general education curriculum?
CORE 42 is comprised of dozens of courses distributed across five knowledge areas.
- Mathematical Sciences
- Written and Oral Communications
- Natural Sciences
- Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Humanities and Fine Arts
The courses in each knowledge area are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number, which guarantees the one-to-one transfer among all Missouri public institutions of higher education.
Missouri Western MOTR courses are identified within the course description in the university catalog and within the semester schedule www.missouriwestern.edu/schedule. MOTR courses from other Missouri schools can be found at https://dhe.mo.gov/core42.php.
Can I opt-in to CORE 42?
Any student who was considered a transfer student from a Missouri public college or university upon initial entry to Missouri Western or a degree-seeking student who returned to MWSU after a one or more semester layout (and had attempted 12 credit hours or more after high school graduation) has the option to opt-in to CORE 42. This is a one-time option and must be completed prior to your final semester. You may complete a “What-If” audit through Griffon GPS to help identify which general studies curriculum is in your best interest (What If; Catalog Year=current; Program=General Education; Major=CORE42 or MWSU). Questions may be directed to your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.
Can I opt-out of the CORE 42 curriculum and instead comply with MWSU general education requirements?
Once a student’s record is coded as CORE 42 eligible there is a one-time option of opting-out of the program. Ideally, this should be done during your first semester at Missouri Western so that you are on the correct path for general studies completion, but must be completed by the time you have earned 90 credit hours (senior status). You may complete a “What-If” audit through Griffon GPS to help identify which general studies curriculum is in your best interest (What If; Catalog Year=current; Program=General Education; Major=CORE42 or MWSU). Questions may be directed to your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office.
How do I appeal a transfer equivalency decision CORE 42?
The Core Curriculum is designed to work seamlessly between public institutions of higher education in Missouri. Missouri Western will make every effort to comply with all the established transfer equivalencies, however, if a student wants to appeal an equivalency the Assistant Director of Admissions – Operations should be contacted during the initial semester of enrollment. If a resolution is not found the student may appeal to the Admissions & Graduation Committee through the Registrar’s Office.
CORE 42 Additional Information and Resources
- CORE 42 Presentation, Plan Week 2018
- CORE 42 Advising Worksheet
- Missouri Schools Participating in CORE 42
- Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE)
- Missouri Journey to College
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