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Program and Credentials Management

Change a Credential CIP Code

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completions activity. CIP was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 1980, with revisions occurring in 1985, 1990, 2000 and 2010.

At the University of Washington, CIP codes are maintained in the Student Database (SDB) and are assigned to Curriculum, and Majors when initially added to SDB. In Curriculum Management (CM), CIP codes are assigned to both the Program and the Credential. The Credential CIP code will be very specific to the area of study represented by that degree or degree option and maps directly to the Major CIP code in SDB. When there is one credential to one program relationship, the program will have the same CIP code as its credential. When a program has multiple credentials, each possibly with their own unique CIP code, the Program CIP code should represent the collection of credentials contained under it.

CIP codes are used to report UW programs both federally and at the state level. When choosing a CIP code, it is important to select the code that most closely describes the program as it is offered here at the University of Washington.

A current and complete listing of CIP codes is available from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

CIP code changes can be submitted via the UW Curriculum Management (UW CM) tool and require the approval of the Dean or your school or college.

Step by Step

1. Log in to UW Curriculum Management.

2. Find the Credential you want to propose to change.

3. Select “Propose Changes” from the menu on the right side of the screen.

4. Select the trash can icon next to the existing CIP code. It will open the field for adding a new CIP code.

5. As you type in the new CIP code, a dropdown will appear. When the code appears in the dropdown, it is important that you actually select the code from the dropdown list.

If the CIP code qualifies for STEM status:

6. Check the “This is a STEM CIP” check box. If you are uncertain whether it qualifies, you may look up the CIP code to see if it is included on the STEM Designated Degree Program list which is available from the Homeland Security Study in the States website.

7. Select “CIP Code Only” as the Type of Change.

Note: your proposal will be rejected if you make any changes other than those outlined in these CIP Code instructions.

8. Provide a justification for this change.

9. Save and Exit.

10. Select “Submit for Approval” from the right-hand menu.

11. The proposal goes through the following review process:

Reviewers receive notification via email alerting them there is a proposal to be reviewed.

12. At the final OUR review, the Admin will make the necessary updates in SDB.

13. After final approval, an FYI notification is sent to groups and individuals that track CIP Code updates.