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Ask the CIP Specialist

What is the purpose of the CIP Specialist Blog?

The purpose of the CIP Specialist Blog is to provide additional information about using the CIP and how to code different academic programs. These issues typically require a longer, more detailed response than what can be covered in the FAQs.

Who is the CIP Specialist?

The CIP Specialist is written by a team of NCES employees and contractors that are knowledgeable about the CIP. Please submit any questions or comments you might have by email to

How often will the CIP Specialist be published?

A new CIP Specialist blog will be published approximately every other month or more frequently if needed. Whenever a new blog is released, it will be announced in This Week in IPEDS, and the NCES and IPEDS Twitter Feeds.