Classification of Programs (CIP) codes

CIP codes are a federal taxonomy used to define programs and to identify courses as aligned with a program (link to federal site). Related sites include the EPEDS (an analytical tool for education planning) and O*Net OnLine crosswalk.

The following information is provided by COCC's Institutional Effectiveness Office (revised 11/2013).

Originator of code: Federal, U.S. Department of Education revisions made every 10 years, currently working under the 2010 CIP codes

Definition: The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic structure that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. Instructional programs are classified by a six-digit CIP code at the most granular level and are classified according to the two digit and four digit prefixes for the code.

1. Two-Digit Code: The standard format for the two-digit series consists of a two-digit number followed by a period (##.).Courses and programs are categorized in 47 different codes by similar course or program content.

2. Four-Digit: The numbering sequence for the four-digit series consists of the above two-digit series code followed by a period and a second set of two digits. The standard format for four-digit CIP codes is ##.##, which categorizes instructional content within a program.

3. Six-Digit: COCCs CIP exist at this level The most detailed program classifications within the CIP. The numbering sequence is similar to the four-digit series sequence, with two more digits added after the four-digit series number; the standard format for the six-digit codes is ##.####, this code can categorize and define a program.

For example:

Applied Economics, six-digit code 45.0602 (CIP 45.0602 defines a course at the program level)
Is a program that focuses on the application of economic principles and analytical techniques to the study of particular industries, activities, or the exploitation of particular resources.

Economics, four-digit CIP 45.06 (CIP 45.06 Includes all courses that fall under this definition)
Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 45.0601 - 45.0699

Social Science, two-digit CIP 45 (CIP 45. Includes all courses that fall under this definition)
Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social systems, social institutions, and social behavior.

Where it resides: CIP codes are assigned at the program level and are also an attribute at the course level as any course under a particular program should reflect the program level CIP. The CIP codes also is attached to the COCC student major and completion codes, on the credit side.

Who is responsible for deciding appropriate code?
CIP codes are predefined by the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and are continually being revised, most recently in 2010.

Internally, deciding the appropriate CIP code for a program area is decided by the following:

  • Credit: Director of Curriculum and Assessment (Vickery Viles) For new programs, the 7th digit is assigned as part of the state approval process - Webforms
  • Community Learning: Director of Continuing Education (Glenda Lantis)?
  • Adult Basic Skills: Director of Secondary Programs (Debbie Hagan)?

Who is responsible for implementing the code in Banner?
The CIP codes resides at multiple levels.

  • Credit Program Level: Director of Curriculum and Assessment (Vickery Viles) relays the new state approved CIPs to the Assistant Director of Admissions and Records, Curriculum & Technology (Jared Forell) and the CIP is attached to a program/major code
  • Director of Curriculum and Assessment (Vickery Viles) assigns the program level CIPS to all courses under the particular program.
  • Community Learning Course Level: Title (Sue Wood)
  • Adult Basic Skills Course Level: Title (tbd)

How is it used for tracking/reporting?
CIPs codes are submitted to the State of Oregon each term in the Course files each course assigned a CIPs - and reflected in the Student Files as a students declared major. Annually, the College reports the CIPs code in the Completions File each completion type assigned a CIPs and in the Technical Skills Assessment File indicating the program of study.

COCC also reports completions to the Federal Government by CIPs code to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

 

7th Digit OCCURS Extension

Acronym: 7th Digit or OCCURS Extension (name could change when system moves from OCCURS to Data For Analysis or D4A.)

Originator of code (COCC, State of OR, Federal Government, etc.): State of Oregon

Definition: This code is used in conjunction with the CIP codes to identify standardized types of program or

intended outcome/award at the State level.

7th Digit Codes
# - Non-Credit Training Cert Award
> - CTE Cert of Completion (2 yrs+)
@ - Occ Skills Training (OST) Award
A - Associate of Arts (AA)
B - AA Oregon Transfer (AAOT)
C - Associate of General Studies (AGS)
D - Associate of Science (AS)
F - Transfer (LDC)
I - CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
J - CTE Certificate 1 year or more, less than 2 years
K - No Formal Award (College Award)
L - CTE Certificate less than one year
N - Apprenticeship (AAS)
O - Apprenticeship (Cert)
X - Emp Skills Training (EST) Award
Z - Career Pathway Cert Award

For Example: An AAS Nursing completion would be coded 51.1601I

Where it resides (Course level, Program level, Student, Completion, etc.):
This code resides at the program/major level.

Who is responsible for deciding appropriate code?
The State of Oregon's Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) is responsible for creating the 7th Digit OCCURS Extension. A complete list of approved codes can be found in Section XV, Appendix C, Page 6 of the current OCCURS Reference Manual.

Internally, assigning the appropriate 7th digit code for a program area is decided by the following:

  • Credit: Director of Curriculum and Assessment (Vickery Viles) For new programs, the 7th digit is assigned as part of the state approval process - Webforms
  • Community Learning: Director of Continuing Education (Glenda Lantis)?
  • Adult Basic Skills: Director of Secondary Programs (Debbie Hagan)?

Who is responsible for implementing the code in Banner?

  • Credit: Director of Curriculum and Assessment (Vickery Viles) relays the new state approved 7thdigit (along with the CIPs) to the Assistant Director of Admissions and Records, Curriculum & Technology (Jared Forell) and the 7th digit is attached to a program/major code
  • Community Learning Course Level: Title (Sue Wood)
  • Adult Basic Skills Course Level: Title (tbd)

How is it used for tracking/reporting?
The 7th digit code, in conjunction to the CIPs code, are submitted to the State of Oregon each term in our student file to report a students declared major. The College reports these codes annually in our Completions File for awarded majors and again in the technical skills assessment file indicating the program of study.

 

8th Digit College Extension

Acronym: 8th Digit

Originator of code (COCC, State of OR, Federal Government, etc.): COCC

Definition: The idea for this code originated from OCCURS State reporting as a way for COCC to differentiate program options when the first seven digits of a CIP code are identical

This level of categorization is not currently used by the College and it often filled with a place holder (*).

For Example:

Aviation has a CIPS code of 49.0102I but COCC offers two completions under that CIPS code. By adding an additional code to the end it might look like the below:

  • Aviation (Airplane) 49.0102IA
  • Aviation (Helicopter) 490102IB

Where it resides:
This code would also reside at the program/major level.

Who is responsible for deciding appropriate code?
Ideally, COCC could work to apply logic to this field by assigning codes adding another level of detail to our reporting structure.

Who is responsible for implementing the code in Banner?
This responsibility would likely fall somewhere in the current curriculum setup/maintenance process.

How is it used for tracking/reporting?
These codes are submitted to the State of Oregon each term in our student file to report a students declared major. The College reports these codes annually in our Completions File for awarded majors and again in the Technical Skills Assessment File indicating the program of study. Though reported to the State they are not required and at this point would be primarily for COCCs use.