What is a program classification structure code (pcs code)?

The PROGRAM CLASSIFICATION STRUCTURE (PCS) is a set of categories and related definitions, which allows its users to examine the operations of a post secondary education institution as they relate to the accomplishment of that institution's objectives. Primary categories include…

  • Instruction
  • Research
  • Public Service
  • Academic Support
  • Student Services
  • Institutional Support
  • Operations & Maintenance of Plant
  • Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Other Activities

PCS codes are used to categorize transactions for the University’s Annual Financial Report as well as a wide variety of surveys including the Department of Ed’s annual IPEDS survey. PCS codes are assigned centrally to each department/cost center within the financial system. 

NOTE: It is important for departments to notify Financial Reporting Services if the primary function of a cost center changes so that we can update the associated PCS code. 


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