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Federal Guidelines for Collecting and Reporting Race and Ethnicity
Federal Guidelines for Collecting and Reporting Race and Ethnicity

The U. S. Department of Education require that ethnic and racial information for all staff and students be reported in a way to more accurately reflect the nation’s diversity. Previously, reporting race and ethnicity only allowed individuals to be identified in one racial category. The new guidelines allow individuals to select more than one race and/or ethnicity. This change allows individuals to more accurately reflect their racial and ethnic background.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission requires all Tennessee institutions to begin reporting using the multiple race and ethnicity codes starting with the 2009-2010 school year. Roane State must collect this information on all active staff, and enrolled students. In order to meet this requirement, you will see a short survey pop up when you access your student records information in RaiderNet. It will not take more than a minute of your time, so please complete the survey as soon as possible.

For information about the new reporting guidelines, visit http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2008802.

Definitions for ethnicity:

  • Hispanic or Latino - The Federal Census Bureau defines Hispanic or Latino as "a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”
  • Not Hispanic or Latino - A person who is not of Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.


Definitions for race:

  • White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa
  • Black or African American - A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa
  • American Indian - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment
  • Alaska Native - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Alaska and who maintain 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
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands
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