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CAPA Stands for Campus Accelerated Programs for Adults, which enrolls students of 25 years old or older.  
Carnegie Classification An institutional classification coding structure developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The 2000 Carnegie Classification categorizes selected institutions as: Doctoral/Research Universities–Extensive Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive Master’s Colleges and Universities I Master’s Colleges and Universities II Baccalaureate Colleges–Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Colleges–General Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges Associate’s Colleges Specialized Institutions: Theological seminaries and other specialized faith-related institutions Medical schools and medical centers Other separate health profession schools Schools of engineering and technology Schools of business and management Schools of art, music, and design Schools of law Teachers colleges Other specialized institutions Tribal Colleges and Universities  
Census Date The Office of the Institutional Research does various census on data regarding admissions, enrollment, faculty, courses, financial aid, staff, and finance for reporting and comparison reasons. The two major dates are: April 15 and November 15.  
Certificate A formal award certifying the satisfactory completion of a postsecondary education program.  
CIP code A six-digit code in the form xx.xxxx that identifies instructional program specialties within educational institutions.  
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) A taxonomic coding scheme for secondary and postsecondary instructional programs. It is intended to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of program data using classifications that capture the majority of reportable data. The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications and is used in a variety of education information surveys and databases.  
Classified Staff Defined in employee contracts and usually includes Technical and paraprofessional; Clerical and secretarial; Skilled crafts; and Service/maintenance (see separate definitions)., according to IPEDS primary occupational activity definition.  
Cohort  A specific group of students established for tracking purposes.  
Common Data Set (CDS) A collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Thomson Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student’s transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.  
Comparison group The group of peer institutions used for comparison purposes within the IPEDS Peer Analysis System (PAS). Comparison groups may be identified by the analyst by name or UnitID, they may be built by using characteristics (variables) from the IPEDS data, or they may be automatically generated by the system. Also referred to as a peer group. Automatic peer group LinchPin (institution)
Completer A student who receives a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award. In order to be considered a completer, the degree/award must actually be conferred.  
Completers within 150% of normal time Students who completed their program within 150% of the normal (or expected) time for completion. Normal time to completion
Completions (C) One of nine components in IPEDS. This component collects data annually from all Title IV institutions on the number of recognized degree completions in postsecondary education programs by level (associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctor’s, and first-professional).  
Contact Hour A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as clock hour. Credit Hour 
Contact Hour Activity  The provision of coursework to students which can be measured in terms of contact or clock hours .  
Continuing professional education Programs and courses designed specifically for individuals who have completed a degree in a professional field (such as law, medicine, dentistry, education, or social work) to obtain additional training in their particular field of study.  
Control (of institution) A classification of whether an institution is operated by publicly elected or appointed officials (public control) or by privately elected or appointed officials and derives its major source of funds from private sources (private control). Institutional affiliation Sector Level (of institution)
Credit  Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity (course or program) that can be applied by a recipient toward the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.  
Credit Course  A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.  
Credit Hour  A unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term. It is applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award. Clock hour Contact hour
Credit Hour Activity  The provision of coursework to students which can be measured in terms of credit hours.