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Four-Digit CIP Programs:

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    Why use the Program Finder?

    GHLE uses CIP codes to identify college programs in Georgia. To ensure a healthy sample size when presenting earnings information, GHLE uses the broadest category of CIP codes. Unfortunately, this results in the loss of specificity in program description. You may have some trouble in locating the data for your program/s of interest. Have no fear! The Program Finder allows you to search through specific CIP descriptions and returns the CIP description your program falls under.

    How does GHLE make use of CIP Codes?

    The GHLE uses two-digit CIP codes to classify college programs within the State of Georgia. CIP codes fall under two-, four-, or six-digit categories. The length of the CIP code determines the specifictiy of the code; the longer the CIP code the more specific the program and vice versa. GHLE uses the accompanying description to the two-digit CIP code to identify majors within the state of Georgia.

    More on Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes

    CIP codes were devoloped by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the purposes of standardizing degree programs offered by colleges across the United States. CIP codes allow comparison of programs across colleges in the U.S. despite a multitude of differing naming conventions. As the NCES describes them, CIP codes provide a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and program completion activity.