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Student Social Climate Survey, Fall 2010

Self-reported racial/ethnic groups, from a set of survey items

Self-reported survey data about race/ethnicity of the survey respondents are also available. The survey included a new, now-standard pair of items, in which respondents were first asked to indicate if they were of Hispanic origin, and then asked to check one or more of five options describing their race. They could also provide a written comment to further clarify their racial/ethnic group description. The table of responses for this survey item shows results for self-reported racial categories, crossed with Hispanic origin (ethnicity), including information on those who provided a comment on their race-ethnicity. Results are presented for graduate and undergraduate students and for all respondents combined. Some findings from students' responses presented in the above table are discussed below.
  • Overall 10% of respondents indicated they were either part- or full-Asian, 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 2% Black/African American, 87% white, and 9% provided a comment on their race/ethnicity.
  • About 9%, or 573 of these same respondents (96 graduate students and 477 undergraduates, shown in the column headers of the above-mentioned table),  reported that they are of Hispanic descent, and about one-third of these students (n=178) or 3% of all survey respondents, selected only Hispanic as their ethnic group and no other race category. 
As noted above, respondents could select only one ethnicity (Hispanic or not), but were allowed to select one or more of five different races (Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Black, White) on the two-part race/ethnicity item. An additional set of tables showing the total numbers of racial/ethnic groups selected by survey respondents within each group are provided. These tables help illustrate how students within each self-reported racial/ethnic group answered this "select all that apply" pair of items. For instance, 89% of respondents who selected "White" as their race, selected only one race or ethnicity; whereas 52% of Blacks selected only one race or ethnicity. Thus, a much larger proportion of Blacks than Whites self-reported as multi-racial.

Since the CU Application for Admissions had previously collected race/ethnicity data in the old, one-dimensional question format up until the time of the 2010 Student Social Climate Survey, we were also able to compare survey respondents' student records data from the application with their answers to the multi-dimensional race/ethnicity survey item. In order to make this comparison, we also included responses from the additional survey item that asked students to note if they were a U.S. citizen or not. (It was necessary to include responses from this item in order to fully make comparisons between the two sets of data, because the category of  "international" was previously included as one of the possible race/ethnic groups on the CU application.)

  • A separate set of tables shows how these numbers from records data (application for admission) compare to the survey data. A considerable amount of information is cross-compared in these tables, thus detailed notes on how to interpret the data accompany each table. In addition, highlighted cells in the tables show the intersection of the number or percent of respondents whose racial/ethnic group from records data matched with their racial/ethnic group(s) they reported on the survey.

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