When a department has decided to propose a change to the name of an academic program, the dean of the academic unit must receive written approval from academic affairs to proceed with the development of a proposal.
Notify Academic Affairs
The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is the taxonomic coding scheme used for instructional programs in higher education. Its purpose is to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of fields of study and program completions. The academic unit should consult with the Office of the Registrar prior to submitting the proposal to determine whether a change to the CIP code used to classify the program is recommended.
CIP Code Information
Complete the cover sheet for a program name change and send it along with a cover letter to the GAC requesting review and approval.
- Cover Letter
- Program Name Change cover sheet
Program Name Change cover sheet
The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month between the months of August through May with the exceptions of September and December. In order for the proposal to be reviewed by the GAC, it must be received by the IUPUI Graduate Office no later than two (2) weeks prior to the GAC meeting.
Any questions about the GAC can be directed to Dezra Despain or Dr. Janice Blum
Graduate Affairs Committee Meeting Dates
After the GAC approves the program name change, IU name change proposals will be entered into the APPEAR system by the Graduate Office and forwarded to the Academic Leadership Council.
Following ALC approval (of IU programs), the change of name for a degree or certificate is reported to the trustees as an information item. In some cases, it also is reported to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as an information item.
Once final approval has been given, the chief academic officer will send notification of approval to the dean of the originating unit, the Office of Communications and Marketing, the IUPUI registrar, the director of Student Financial Services, and the director of graduate admissions where the major will be coded for inclusion in the master inventory.
School representatives can review the status using APPEAR after the proposal has been submitted to the APPEAR system.
IU Academic Leadership Council
Purdue University Graduate Council
IU Board of Trustees Meeting Dates
Indiana Commission for Higher Education Meeting Dates
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