Reviewed and/or Updated on: October 31, 2013

CIP Codes (Classification of Instructional Programs)

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, and 2000.

In the Wisconsin Technical College System, CIP Codes are assigned to programs by the System Office, in consultation with the Institutional Research Committee. CIP code assignments can be found through WTCS reports.

CIP Documents


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Understanding CIP Codes presentation 09/19/13 Power Point File