Race/Ethnicity Reporting FAQ

UAIR has several race/ethnicity reporting options available, which may evolve over time to ensure they continue to align with federal reporting standards and the needs of our campus community.

Students are counted in every race/ethnicity group in which they have self-identified in UAccess Student; therefore, the total counts will exceed the overall total headcount. Fall 2020 was the first census snapshot to capture these indicators.
 

Suggested Use Cases for Inclusive Race/Ethnicity:

  • Internal reporting
  • When it is important to capture the most inclusive picture of racial/ethnic demographic distribution on our campus

Based on current federal reporting guidelines, students are grouped into a single category, which prioritizes ‘Hispanic and Latinx’ over all other race/ethnicity categories. Students who have reported multiple race/ethnicity values, not including Hispanic/Latinx will be counted in the ‘Two or more’ grouping. All International students studying in the United States under various visa categories are grouped under ‘International’, otherwise referred to as ‘Nonresident alien’ by IPEDS. Census data is available back to Fall 2008.
 

Suggested Use Cases for IPEDS Race/Ethnicity:

  • External reporting
  • Peer analytics against other institutions of higher education
  • Certain cases where it is important to count each student only once

Based on legacy (pre-2010) federal reporting standards that have persisted for internal reporting needs, students will be placed into the highest single ranked race/ethnicity grouping that they have provided from the list below:

  1. American Indian or Alaska Native
  2. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  3. Hispanic or Latinx
  4. Black or African American
  5. Asian
  6. White
  7. Not reported (Unknown/Other)
  8. International*

*All International Students studying in the United States under various visa categories are grouped under ‘International’ Suggested Use Cases for Legacy IPEDS Race/Ethnicity: Internal use only Certain cases where it is important to count each student only once and there is value in emphasizing our ‘American Indian or Alaska Native’ population.

Category:
Inclusive race/ethnicity
ipeds race/ethnicity legacy ipeds race/ethnicity
American Indian
or Alaska Native
American Indian
or Alaska Native
American Indian
or Alaska Native
Asian Asian Asian
Black or African American Black or African American Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx Hispanic or Latinx Hispanic or Latinx
Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific Islander
Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific Islander
Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific Islander
White White White
Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  International International
  Two or more races  

Why are some Race/Ethnicity descriptions different than other organizations, such as IPEDS?

All UAIR publications show 'Hispanic or Latinx' instead of 'Hispanic or Latino' to be more inclusive and gender neutral. They will also show 'Not Reported' instead of 'Unknown' or 'Other' because Race and Ethnicity are self-reported values. 'Not Reported' accurately represents that information was not provided.

Student A identifies as Asian in UAccess Student, his country of citizenship is China, and he is studying in-person at main campus domestically on a student visa.

How will he be reported using the three approaches to race/ethnicity?

  • Inclusive Race/Ethnicity: Asian
  • IPEDS Race/Ethnicity: International
  • Legacy IPEDS Race/Ethnicity: International

 

Student B is a resident of Arizona and identifies as both Hispanic or Latinx and American Indian or Alaska Native in the UAccess Student.

How will she be reported using the three approaches to race/ethnicity?

  • Inclusive Race/Ethnicity: Counted once in the Hispanic or Latinx total and counted once in the American Indian or Alaska Native total
  • IPEDS Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latinx
  • Legacy IPEDS Race/Ethnicity: American Indian or Alaska Native

For students, race/ethnicity data is first collected during the application process. Students have the ability to update their self-reported information at any time in the UAccess Student system. For employees, race/ethnicity data is collected during the hiring process. Employees have the ability to update their self-reported information at any time in the UAccess Employee system. Employees can use My UAccess Details to find information about their position, contact information, preferred name, sex, and reported race/ethnicity (Note: You will need to log in to VPN and UAccess Analytics prior to visiting My UAccess Details). Students can use the UAccess Student Center to view their personal summary, demographics, and other information.