In response to U.S. federal and state agencies that require demographic data, the University of Illinois collects information on the race and ethnicity of its students and staff. The U.S. federal government has established a new guideline by which the University will report race and ethnicity data in a different format beginning Fall 2010. The guidelines also allow individuals to select more than one race if they choose to do so.
On October 19, 2007, the U.S. Department of Education posted to the Federal Register the "Final Guidance on Maintaining, Collecting, and Reporting Racial and Ethnic Data to the U.S. Department of Education." The proposed changes are necessary for the Department to implement the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 1997 Standards for Maintaining, Collecting and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) requires educational institutions to use a two-part question. The first question is whether the respondent is Hispanic/Latino. The second question asks the respondent to identify one or more races with which he or she identifies. The ED's final guidance requires separating the category "Asian or Pacific Islander" into two separate categories, one for "Asian" and one for "Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander", and broadens the definition for "Native American and Alaska Native" to include original peoples of North and South America (including Central America).
Please visit the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Race/Ethnicity Info Center Web page for more detailed background information.
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