The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state coordinating agency for public higher education, which includes all institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee. The Commission has final academic degree program approval authority.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission Academic Program Inventory (API) is a comprehensive listing of all active and inactive certificate and degree programs at all levels offered by Tennessee public universities and community colleges. The programs are listed by national Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) fields using the CIP assigned codes. The API also displays concentrations or specialty areas within program majors. The API additionally notes program accreditation eligibility and status, the in-state program evaluation and assessment calendar for each program, and program inclusion in the Southern Regional Educational Board's Academic Common Market.
The API is the core data base used for tracking the annual productivity of programs, source for determining unnecessary duplication of programs, and the program data source for workplace supply and demand analyses. The users of the API are institutions, governing boards, business and industry, and the general public. The ready availability of program listings in a searchable database is critically important in program planning, development, and termination processes in keeping with each institution's mission.
The API contains information about the approximately 1,800 approved degree programs currently offered by our public universities, community colleges and technology centers. The inventory is the State’s sole source in tracking concentrations of academic programs. This feature allows searching the Academic Program Inventory database by Federal CIP, by Major Name, or by Institution.