ACC Adopts Revised Federal Race and Ethnicity Categories
College to begin student and employees data collection for Fall 2009
Beginning in fall 2009, Austin Community College and all other educational institutions nationwide will begin reporting ethnicity and race data for students and employees using the new requirements issued by the U.S. Department of Education.
A copy of the final guidelines published in the Federal Register can be found at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2007-4/101907c.pdf. This new reporting standard was used during the 2000 Census.
Summary of changes
Part 1 Ethnicity: Is the person Hispanic/Latino? Choose only one.
Part 2 Race: What is the person’s race? Choose one or more regardless of ethnicity.
One of the major changes is the recognition that members of Hispanic populations can be of different races. The federal government would like to afford Hispanic/Latino populations the opportunity to better describe themselves according to their culture and heritage.
An additional category for race was created by separating “Asian or Pacific Islander” into two separate categories. The categories for race include “American Indian or Alaskan Native,” “Asian,” “Black or African American,” “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander,” and “White.” Note that Hispanic/Latino is not a racial category.
The categories to be used when reporting aggregate data to the Department of Education differ from the categories to be used for data collection. Each student or employees member is associated with only one of the seven aggregate reporting categories listed below. Use of these seven categories for aggregate reporting eliminates the possibility of counting an individual twice.
- American Indian or Alaskan Native
- Black or African American
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- Two or More Races
Respondents who select “Hispanic/Latino” for ethnicity will be counted in this category for aggregate reporting to the Department of Education, regardless of the responses provided to the question on race.
Respondents who select “Not Hispanic/Latino” for ethnicity, and select more than one category for race, will be counted in the category “Two or More Races” for aggregate reporting to the Department of Education.
Respondents who select “Not Hispanic/Latino” for ethnicity, and select only one category for race, will be counted in the single racial category for aggregate reporting to the Department of Education.
Collecting the information
The ACC Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability is working with Human Resources, Admissions and Records, Continuing Education, Adult Education, and all other programs and departments on revising forms and processes to ensure uniform data collection that meets the new federal guidelines.
Starting September 4, 2009, new employees and students will be asked to supply data that are consistent with the revised guidelines. Starting October 12, 2009, current and returning ACC employees and students will be given an opportunity to re-identify their ethnicity and race information.