Reporting Persons by Racial/Ethnic Category (1997 OMB)
This information is being collected in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sec. 421(a)(1) of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act. These instructions correspond with the Final Guidance on Maintaining, Collecting, and Reporting Racial and Ethnic Data to the U.S. Department of Education, published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2007.
Method of collection - Institutions must collect race and ethnicity information using a 2-question format. The first question is whether the respondent is Hispanic/Latino. The second question is whether the respondent is from one or more races from the following list: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White. Institutions should allow students and staff to self-identify their race and ethnicity. For further details on the guidance for collecting these data, please see the full Federal Register notice.
Method of reporting aggregate data - Institutions must report aggregate data to the U.S. Department of Education using the NINE categories below. Racial/ethnic designations are requested only for United States citizens, resident aliens, and other eligible non-citizens.
For Non-Hispanic/Latino individuals:
In addition, the following categories may be used:
Racial/ethnic descriptions - Racial/ethnic designations as used in this survey do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. The categories are:
Other descriptive categories
Part A: Full-Time Undergraduate Students by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
On this screen, include all students enrolled for credit, full-time at the undergraduate level. The undergraduate level includes students enrolled in undergraduate level courses, in 4 or 5-year bachelor's degree programs, associate's degree programs, or any certificate programs below the baccalaureate level. Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree but are taking undergraduate courses for credit should be included as undergraduates.
Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students
In column 1, report undergraduate students who have no prior postsecondary experience and have enrolled full-time with the intent to earn a degree, certificate, or other formal award. The following are also considered first-time:
In order to be considered degree or certificate-seeking, the student must be enrolled in courses for credit and be recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or other formal award. Note: All students eligible to receive federal student financial aid are to be considered degree/certificate-seeking. Dual enrolled high school students are not degree/certificate-seeking students.
Program Reporters: Include first-time students who entered your institution between August 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015.
Academic Reporters: Student counts reported in column 1 define the initial cohort for reporting graduation rates in the IPEDS Graduation Rates (GR) component to meet Student Right-to-Know reporting requirements. Students reported in this group will become your GR cohort in the reporting year appropriate for your institution. The number of students reported in column 1 will also appear in Part D to be used in determining the percentage of the undergraduate entering class represented by the cohort.
Full-time, transfer-in degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students
In column 2, report the total number of full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students entering the reporting institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the undergraduate level. Include students enrolled in the fall term who transferred into the institution the prior summer term. These students may or may not have transferred credit(s).
Program Reporters: Include students who transferred into your institution between August 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015
Academic Reporters: Include students who transferred into your institution as of the institution's official fall reporting date or October 15, 2015 and those who transferred in the prior summer term.
Full-time, continuing degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students
In column 3, report the total number of continuing (i.e., not first-time and not transfer-in) full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students. These are students who are not new to the institution in the fall, but instead are continuing their studies at the institution.
Full-time, non-degree/certificate-seeking full-time undergraduates
In column 5, report the total number of full-time non-degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. These students are enrolled for credit but not with the intent of earning a degree or other formal award. Note: High school students enrolled in creditable courses prior to high school graduation are considered non-degree/certificate-seeking students.
Once you save the data by clicking the 'Verify and Save' button, the 'Total full-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates' (column 4) and 'Total, full-time undergraduate students' (column 6) will be calculated by the system and display on the survey screen.