Changes to Race/Ethnicity Reporting to IPEDS

By | October 19, 2007

On October 19, 2007, the Department of Education published final guidance on maintaining, collecting, and reporting racial and ethnic data to the U.S. Department of Education.

The published guidance can be found at:

A summary of the guidance can be found on the department’s website at:

The Department of Education guidance draws distinctions between collecting data and reporting data.

Educational institutions and other recipients will be required to collect racial and ethnic data using a two-part question. The first question is whether the respondent is Hispanic/Latino. The second question is whether the respondent is from one or more of five racial groups.

Respondents will not be offered the choice of selecting a “two or more races” category. The five racial groups are American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White.

The new IPEDS Reporting Categories are Nonresident Alien, Race and Ethnicity unknown, Hispanics of any race, American Indian or Alaska Native (non-Hispanic), Asian (non-Hispanic), Black or African American (non-Hispanic), Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic), White (non-Hispanic), and Two or more races.

Educational institutions are required to implement the new guidance in order to report data for the 2010-2011 school year. The new race/ethnicity reporting categories became available for reporting in IPEDS in the 2008-2009 collection year, which began in Fall 2008.

Please contact us by calling (732) 446-2529 or sending us an e-mail at if you would like more information regarding the Revisions to the EEO-1 Report or are interested in our in person or web-based training on the changes to the race/ethnicity reporting to IPEDS.