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Ongoing Activities

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)

Working with NCES, NPEC is updating the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). The CIP is a taxonomic coding scheme of instructional programs that is intended to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of program completions data using classifications that capture the majority of reportable program completion activity. The CIP was first established in 1980 and was updated in 1985, 1990 and 2000. The outcomes of this project will include a process for updating the CIP; an updated electronic version of the CIP; and a website that enables users to search for current and past CIP codes, to identify instructional programs that have been added, deleted or moved since the 2000 edition of the CIP, and to cross walk 2000 CIP Codes with 2009 CIP codes. The audiences for this project include postsecondary institutions, state and federal agencies, and federal data users. The 2000 CIP can be can accessed at

The NPEC/AIR 2011 Focused Grant Program

The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) have announced the eighth year of their joint Focused Grant Program. The program is designed to increase understanding and knowledge of a specific issue area critically important to the postsecondary education community. This year's topic is “Beyond Graduation Rates: Measures of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success.” More information about the Focused Grant Program can be found at the AIR web site.