At UW-Madison, CIP code assignments for academic programs (majors and certificates, specifically plan types of MAJ, MIN, CRT, CAP) are determined at the time a new program is approved by the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) and, if relevant, the UW System Board of Regents.
Data, Academic Planning & Institutional Research (DAPIR), in consultation with UW System Administration (Office of Policy Analysis and Research) assign CIP codes, which are then communicated to the Office of the Registrar where the value resides in the academic plan table in the Student Information System (SIS). UW System Administration also retains records of program CIP codes. For the overall principles on CIP code selection, see Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Codes.
The CIP code determination is based on:
For new academic programs (degree/major), DAPIR assigns a preliminary CIP code when the NOI is submitted to UW System Administration. After the University Academic Planning Council reviews the full proposal, DAPIR confirms the initial assignment and determines the final CIP code.
CIP codes are intended for degree-granting programs. Therefore, sub-plans (named options) cannot be assigned CIP codes; they are associated with the CIP code of the parent program.
Changes to CIP codes must be approved through UW-Madison governance and by UW System Administration. DAPIR works with programs considering changes to CIP codes to determine whether they are appropriate based on the principles for assigning CIP codes.
CIP code changes are only made effective starting in a fall term to ensure that there is no disruption to student financial aid disbursement, international student visa considerations, and associated federal reporting requirements that factor in CIP code assignment.
Changes to curriculum, learning outcomes, program name, and CIP code are not allowed at the same time. If all these items are being revised, consider creating a new program and phasing out the old as these changes indicate a substantial shift from the original intent of the program as approved through governance.
If the program wants to shift the curriculum and the CIP code, they must submit a change to the curriculum first. A subsequent proposal may be submitted to revise the CIP code, but the change will take effect in a different academic year.
As programs progress through governance, DAPIR reviews the CIP code when there is significant change to the learning outcomes and/or curriculum. If it is appropriate, CIP codes may be reassigned effective a fall term.