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Enrollment by Ethnicity and Race

The University of West Florida report various information regarding ethnicity and race and are focusing efforts for the eventual change in procedures for reporting according to the IPEDS.

Requirements of IPEDS

Institutions will be required to collect data using a two-question format. The notice states that institutions should include instructions that encourage individuals to answer both the ethnicity and the race questions.

The first question would ask whether or not the individual is Hispanic/Latino (a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race). The term, "Spanish origin," can be used in addition to "Hispanic or Latino".

The second question would ask the respondent to select one or more races from the following five racial groups:

  • African American or Black - A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains a tribal affiliation or community attachement.
  • Asian - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  • White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

IPEDS Reporting

Aggregate race and ethnicity data would be reported using seven categories:

  1. African American or Black;
  2. American Indian or Alaska Native;
  3. Asian;
  4. Hispanics of any race;
  5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander;
  6. Two or More Races;
  7. White;

In addition, the IPEDS system would continue to use the category of race and/or ethnicity Unknown and the category of Non-resident alien (of any race or ethnicity), creating a total of nine reporting categories.


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