In October 2017, the National Student Clearinghouse released an enhancement to our Graduated from DegreeVerify (G from DV) service that enables you to see which of the degree records you submitted we were unable to generate a graduation record from. We wanted to share important information with you on the two-point matching implemented as part of the October enhancement that matches incoming degree records on both the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code and credential level versus CIP code only.
The Clearinghouse selected CIP code and credential level because those two data elements are both used by NSLDS to define a program and are included in our DegreeVerify Programming and Testing Guide (referred to as NCES CIP and Degree Level). Two-point matching also provides a number of benefits to G from DegreeVerify users.
Matching degree records to enrollment records using both CIP code and credential level improves transparency and accuracy. It also offers additional consistency with the program definition provided by the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) in its Enrollment Reporting Guide, section 4.4.1:
“For purposes of enrollment reporting, a unique program is defined as a combination of the school’s eight-digit OPEID number, the CIP code, the Credential Level, and the Published Program Length (as reported in or converted to years using the combination of the Published Program Length, Published Program Length Measurement, and Weeks in Title IV Academic Year).”
IMPORTANT: Report Credential Level with Your Degree Records
Because credential level is now required for G from DV matching, it’s important that your school submit the credential level on your incoming degree records. Not including the credential level can result in a significant drop in the number of Graduated statuses generated from your DegreeVerify file by the Clearinghouse.
Additional Program-Level Enhancement Coming this Spring
This spring, the Clearinghouse expects to implement additional logic that applies NSLDS’s standards for determining a unique program to your incoming enrollment records. If any program data elements (i.e., OPEID, CIP code, credential level, and/or published program length, including weeks in Title IV academic year) change from one reporting period to the next, the incoming data will be captured as a new program and we will request that your institution account for the previous program, in accordance with NSLDS guidance. Our regular enhancements are part of the Clearinghouse’s continuing effort to help your school meet National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) reporting requirements.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Clearinghouse at 703.742.4200 (select options #7, #5) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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