DEFINING THE NEW CRITERIA FOR ETHNICITY AND RACE



Per the direction of the US Department of Education, educational institutions must begin collecting ethnicity and race information for students, faculty and staff under new criteria. Below, we have attempted to provide students, faculty and staff with the guidelines for selecting their appropriate ethnicity and race, as well as direction to staff who must collect/enter/store (for a minimum of three years with respect to the documentation of the chosen ethnicity/race) this information for reporting purposes.

If you have questions at any time regarding this information or would like to re-define your ethnicity and/or race with Huntingdon College, please feel free to contact the Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance.



Ethnicity and Race Definitions

The College is mandated to ask for ethnicity and race information in a two part question. All students, faculty and staff to whom these questions are posed will be asked first to answer the ethnicity question - are they of hispanic origin, or are they not of hispanic origion - and then answer the race question selecting all applicable options. Huntingdon College is required to ask both of these quesitons in this order (ethnicity, then race); however, they are mutually exclusive questions for which answers are requested for both.

Ethnicity is based on the following categorization:

Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, 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."

Race is based on the following five categorizations:

  1. 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 tribal affiliation or community attachment.
  2. 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.
  3. Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as "Haitian" or "Negro" can be used in addition to "Black or African American."
  4. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
  5. White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.



Recording and Reporting

At this time, the US Department of Education has instructed educational institutions to report ethnicity and race under the criteria below; however, the specific information regarding exactly which of the two or more races was chosen by the individual must be documented and maintained for a minimum of three years. Thus, two or more races cannot be an option for the individual to chose.
Nonresident Alien
  • Race and Ethnicity unknown
  • Hispanics of any race

    For non-Hispanics only:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races

    Examples for translating the ethnicity and race choices into the recording options above:


    Direct resources regarding this mandate and references to information above available at:




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