Ethnic Group

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Ethnic Group provides a granular reporting of a student's self-reported race / ethnicity from application data or self service reporting.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Data Custodian
Office of the Registrar
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Table Name:PS_ETHNIC_GRP_TBL
Source Field Name:DESCRSHORT
Census Process:No
Logical Transformation / Calculation
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"Scholar"
Column Heading:"Ethnic Group"

Records may have more than one Ethnic Group, with one reported as primary.

Ethnic Groups map into broader race / ethnicity categories: American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Oth Pac Island, and White.


Examples of Race / Ethnicity categories and their corresponding Ethnic Groups include:

  • American Indian/Alaska Native (Alaskan Na, Am. Ind, Cahto, Chemehuevi), Asian (As Indi, Asian, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Othr Asian, Othr SE As, Pakistani, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese)
  • Black/African American (Afr Amer, Black, Black Pref, Othr Black)
  • Hispanic/Latino (Central Am, Cuban, Guatemalan, Hispanic, Mexican, Mexican-Am, Othr Latin, Puerto Ric, Salvadoran, South Amer)
  • Native Hawaiian/Oth Pac Island (Guamanian, Hawaii/Pac, Hawaiian, Othr PacIs, Palauan, Samoan)
  • Not Specified (2 or More, Decline, Decline HL, No Respons, Not Specif, Other Othr NonW)
  • White (European, Othr White, White)

See Also

Definition Source

From "Entering Ethnicity Information"[1]:

Ethnic Group This field allows you to select multiple ethnic backgrounds.

Click the Add button to add more than one ethnic group.

Ethnic Category The system populates this field based on the value in the EEO Ethnic Group field for U.S. regulatory region ethnic groups or the Ethnic Category for ethnic groups tracked for other regulatory regions.

For any ethnic group codes with a regulatory region of USA, this field should always map to one of these five races:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • Asian.
  • Black or African American.
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
  • White.

For further information on guidelines for mapping ethnic group codes to the five races, see