Student Trends

The Data Digest provides annual trend data for many diversity-related student statistics. Data on students is available from Pages 1-32, and many of the trends are broken down by gender and race/ethnicity. Click on the Data Digest link for more information and individual work files of these pages.

Other sources of information with diversity-related information include:

Diversity-Related Policy Issues

All colleges and universities in the U.S. are required to collect and report student race/ethnicity according to federal Department of Education guidelines. This briefing paper describes the requirements for collection and reporting of student race/ethnicity that have been in effect since December 2007.

Briefing Paper – Collection and Reporting of Student Race/Ethnicity

The federal requirements for the reporting of student race/ethnicity can make it difficult to identify the total number of students who identify in a particular race/ethnic category. For example, in fall 2019, the total number of UW-Madison students who identified as African American was 1,448. However, based on the federal reporting categories, the number of African Americans reported was 920. This apparent discrepancy is because the federal methodology counts all students who identify as Hispanic (regardless of any racial identities) as Hispanic and counts non-Hispanic students who identify more than one race as “2 or more races”. The document linked below compares the federal methodology explained in the briefing paper to the “count all” methodology. The latter is a better source when the underlying issue is an interest in counting all students in each of their identified race/ethnic categories.

A comparison of the federal race/ethnicity reporting methodology to the “count all” methodology.