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*Departments with NO concentrations: The data reflected in the spreadsheet your department received was transitioned from the Chancellor’s Office master spreadsheet. There is no issue with your program not having any concentrations and you will only need to complete the core courses and any applicable senior seminar/culminating experience course(s) for the degree in the planning sheet and then columns K and L in the Majors sheet; column M will autofill due to the built in formula. 

Memorandum - Sent via email on March 17 and 20, 2017

TO:                Sacramento State Department Chairs

CC:                College Deans

FROM:            Chevelle Newsome, Ph.D.

                     Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Graduate Studies      

SUBJECT:        Chancellor’s Office Executive Order 1071

Providing accurate field-of-study information is essential when the California State University (CSU) reports enrollment- and degree-related data to the United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).  Based on an informal internal audit of enrollment and degree reporting, it has been determined that CSU reporting to the NCES Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) system requires correction for degree programs in which the number of required units in a concentration are greater than the units required for the major core.   

The Chancellor’s Office maintains a list of official CSU degree program codes, each of which is linked with a corresponding national Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for IPEDS reporting.  To support accurate reporting of each field of study, the national data reporting system assigns a CIP definition for the curriculum associated with each code.

In order to ensure accurate reporting of enrollments and degrees granted, the major program core must have more required units than the number required in a concentration.  When a concentration requires the majority of discipline units in the degree, the federal reporting CIP code and program definition assigned to the degree major program no longer match the majority of the curriculum—resulting in inaccurate reporting to the federal government.

To ensure the CSU is appropriately reporting to IPEDS, the CSU has called to review their existing degree programs to ensure that concentrations ascribe with the definitions for concentrations so that our data submissions to IPED are accurate. To comply with IPEDS reporting definitions concentrations will need to constitute less than 50 percent of the major curriculum so that the major requirements will most closely match the reported field of study.

Please see the attached spreadsheet which will contain your department’s applicable undergraduate and graduate level degrees; this spreadsheet will also contain planning sheets for both the undergraduate and graduate level that will assist you in the major-to-concentration reporting process. For a smoother reporting process, you will need to list all concentrations within your majors separately. By May 30, 2017 departments are asked to review the attached sheets and report a list of all degrees and concentrations to kme226@csus.edu, specifying those in compliance with the major-to-concentration proportion.

Unit Fields Defined for Bachelor’s Degrees:

  • Discipline Major Units (not entire degree)
    • Any courses/units specifically required for the major, such as CORE, required support courses and Major electives
    • Excludes unit requirements specifically tied to a concentration.
    • Excludes free electives
    • Excludes General Education (GE) courses that are not a specific major requirement.
    • Includes GE courses that are also specific major requirements, e.g., if a course specifically required in the Core may also be double-counted toward GE, it should still be included in the units required for the major because it is a specific requirement and students cannot choose an alternate GE course instead.
  • Discipline Concentration Only Units (not entire degree)
    • Any courses/units specifically required for the concentration alone.
  • Discipline Major & Concentration Units (not entire degree)
    • Add the “Discipline Concentration Only Units” to the “Discipline Major Units” as defined above.

Unit Fields Defined for Master’s Degrees:

  • Discipline Major Units (not entire degree)
    • Any courses/units specifically required for the major, such as CORE, required support courses and Major electives
    • Excludes unit requirements specifically tied to a concentration.
  • Discipline Concentration Only Units (not entire degree)
    • Any courses/units specifically required for the concentration alone
  • Discipline Major & Concentration Units (not entire degree)
    • Add the “Discipline Concentration Only Units” to the “Discipline Major Units” as defined above.