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Program Revisions: CIP Code Changes All new programs are assigned a Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE), based on the disciplinary content described in the Program Planning Summary and full proposal. If the content of the program has changed to such an extent that it no longer matches its assigned CIP code, CHE considers a “Program Modification” to be necessary, requiring a full program proposal in CHE format. Program Modifications do not require a CHE Program Planning Summary. The full approval process can take up to one year.

The approval procedures begin with completion of the Academic Program Action (APA) form. Subsequent approvals are required at the department, campus/college/school, and university levels, before paperwork is forwarded to CHE by the Provost’s Office.

Any CIP code change related to a P-12 educator preparation program requires a letter of endorsement from the Dean of the College of Education. Interdisciplinary program CIP code change proposals should include letters of concurrence from the units involved.

CHE approvals of CIP code change proposals occur on a quarterly cycle. Educator-preparation programs code changes may require additional approvals by the State Department of Education. Programs may only be marketed as revised after CHE approvals have been received by the Provost’s Office.

General Approval Timeframe: One year from submission to Dean’s Office to admission of first students under new CIP code.



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