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Background and Notes

The dashboard highlights race/ethnicity and gender composition and representation data. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Research will continue to refine the dashboard to provide more detailed demographics, more trend analysis, additional success indicators, and additional campus climate indicators.

Notes About the Data Indicators

  • Categories are based on federal requirements and definitions (see IPEDS).
  • IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting categories

    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." (See the Federal Register, Volume 72, Number 202, pp. 59266-59279: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/ 2007/pdf/E7-20613.pdf ) (PDF, 200 KB). Educational institutions were required to implement this guidance no later than the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year.  The new race/ethnicity reporting categories were available for IPEDS reporting beginning Fall 2008; as a result some institutions adopted the new collection standards for these categories and reported data using the new categories to IPEDS earlier than 2010-11.

    To address a recommendation from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion to disaggregate race/ethnicity data, this dashboard presents pre- and post- 2010-11 race/ethnicity reporting categories separately. Race/ethnicity categories preceded with a ֍ (see legend) represent categories used to report data to IPEDS prior to 2010-11.  Race/ethnicity categories not preceded with a ֍ (see legend) represent categories used to report data to IPEDS beginning 2010-11. This permits, for example, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders to be reported separately from Asians beginning 2010-11. Users of prior versions of this dashboard will see slight changes in race/ethnicity data from 2010-11 forward.

    Use caution when reviewing trends in race/ethnicity for years before and after 2010-11 as the race/ethnicity reporting categories adhere to different data collection standards.  See https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ Section/ana_Changes_to_25_ 2007_169 and https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ Section/collecting_re for further details. 

  • Race/Ethnicity and gender data is based on self-identification.
  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic minority (URM) and "of color" designations are used within the dashboard. URM is based on federal reporting requirements and includes domestic Black or African American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, and Pacific Islanders. However, due to collection limitations, Pacific Islanders are aggregated with Asian students in the SCU Dashboard. URM refers to racial and ethnic groups that are currently underrepresented in U.S. higher education compared to their representation among high school graduates. Asian students are not considered underrepresented racial or ethnic minorities in federal reporting. Asian and those who identify as "Two or more races" are included with URM categories in "of color" aggregations.

  • Faculty
    • Full-time faculty are included in data. Faculty members with administrative positions such as Dean, Vice Provost, Provost, and President are excluded in faculty metrics, and included in staff metrics.
    • Faculty data do not disaggregate international and domestic.
    • Only aggregated faculty categories are included in the dashboard at this time. Composition varies by college/school and department and faculty position (i.e., tenured/tenure-track and non-tenure track). Additional details will be provided later.
  • Staff
    • Staff included non-academic (non-faculty) employees. Only full-time employees are included.
    • Faculty with administrative appointments such as Dean, Vice Provost, Provost, and President are included in staff data.
    • Only aggregated staff categories are included in the dashboard at this time. Composition varies by position (i.e., service workers, clerical, other professional, senior managers, etc.). Additional details will be provided later.
  • Comparison Institutions/Benchmarks
    • Undergraduate Students: Twenty comparison schools were chosen for undergraduate metrics. The comparison schools are institutions with which Santa Clara competed for undergraduate students in 2011 (i.e., the schools with the largest number of "cross-admits").
    • Graduate Students: For consistency and comparisons, the undergraduate comparison institutions were also used as benchmarks for graduate students, with some exceptions: schools without graduate programs were excluded.
    • Staff: Staff comparisons are also based on the Undergraduate comparison institutions.
    • Faculty: Sixteen comparison schools were chosen for faculty metrics. The list of faculty comparison schools is drawn from the set of institutions used by Santa Clara in salary benchmarking processes.