Academic Year

For postsecondary institutions on the semester system this includes the fall, spring and summer semesters, in that order. (e.g., Summer 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009)

CIP Number

The Classification of Instructional Programs number is a taxonomic coding scheme that contains titles and descriptions of primarily postsecondary instructional programs. It was developed to facilitate the National Center for Educational Statistics’ (NCES’) collection and reporting of postsecondary degree completions by major field of study using standard classifications that capture the majority of reportable program activity. The CIP: 2000 edition is the third revision of the CIP. It was originally published in 1980 and was revised in 1985 and 1990. The CIP is the accepted federal government statistical standard on instructional program classifications and the 2000 edition has been adopted as the standard field of study taxonomy.

Credentialing curriculum

The Credentialing Officer at the postsecondary institution may assign the instructor coursework to complete before the Initial Credential expires. For full-time faculty, there are two (2) classes that must be completed before the 3-year Initial Credential expires, EDU 250 and EDU 260. The EDU 250 class was created to give all new postsecondary faculty an understanding of CTE in Colorado. The EDU 260 class was created to provide an understanding in methods of teaching. The EDU 250 & 260 classes are offered at several Colorado Community Colleges. Please refer to the CCCS CTE Administrators’ Handbook, Section IV for current information about CTE credentials.

CTE program five­ year plan

Each CCCS approved CTE program is asked to work with their advisory committee to establish a vision for the program to reach in five years, an evaluation of the current status of the program, and suggested strategies for achieving the vision.

Dominant gender

The gender that is more than 75% employed in an occupation or career field. (e.g., female nurses, male auto technicians, male engineers, female early childhood educators, male computer scientists, etc.)

Gender ­stereotyped jobs


A measurement that can predict future trends.

Lagging indicators

A summative measurement that is collected and calculated after the period of interest has been completed.

Leading indicators

A formative measurement that signal possible lagging indicator results. They are less accurate for indicating an overall trend and are only sub-indicators of the trend of interest but they can provide earlier data to help determine if selected strategies are having some impact.

Measurement definition

This is the detailed description of the indicator of interest. If the indicator is a rate (or percentage), the measurement definition includes a detailed description of each the numerator and the denominator that determine the percentage.

New frontier students

Individuals who choose to participate in CCCS approved Workplace Balance CTE programs who are the underrepresented gender.

Non­-traditional fields

Occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.

Non­-traditional students

Individuals who choose to participate in or complete CCCS approved Workplace Balance CTE programs who a