Federal Guidelines and Definitions
For IPEDS reporting, individuals are counted once in the following groups.
International. A person who is not a U.S. citizens or permanent resident. An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is not counted in any race or ethnicity category.
Hispanic or Latino. A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. While a person who is Hispanic or Latino may choose to specify a specific race or races, for the purposes of federal IPEDS reporting, they are only counted once as Hispanic or Latino and not in the race category they selected.
Two or More Races. A person who selects two or more of the races listed below. They are counted once in this category and not in numerous categories.
African American or Black. A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
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.
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. Separated from Pacific Islanders as of 2010.
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa or other Pacific Islands. Separate category as of 2010.
White. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.
The categories used in the data included in this dashboard are derived from the federal race/ethnicity categories with minor variations as recommended by members of the MSU community. Further, International is used for individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents instead of the federal category of “nonresident.”
Limitations of Federal Race/Ethnicity Categories Used in this Dashboard
The current race and ethnicity categories are limited and do not accurately capture the racial diversity of MSU or other institutions included in this dashboard. For example, Middle Eastern and North African identifying individuals are categorized as White, which may not be the group’s overall preference. The category of Asian combines everyone despite their different multicultural backgrounds.