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ACR 60351 — HRIS Race Codes Change
Effective April 1, 2019


ACR 60351 modified race codes in the Human Resource and Information System (HRIS), effective April 1, 2019.


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission revised the statistical categories used in collecting aggregate race/ethnicity data in HRIS. The EEO race codes in HRIS have been updated to comply with these new standards.


Beginning April 1, 2019, the valid values for Race/Ethnicity in HRIS are:

Race Code Description
I American Indian or Alaskan Native
A Asian
B Black
H Hispanic
P Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
W White
M Two or More Races
O Race/Ethnicity Unknown

A is now reserved for employees who identify as Asian. “Pacific Islander” is no longer associated with EEO race code A.

P is now available for employees who identify as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

M is now available for employees who identify as Two or More Races.

Important consideration

It is strongly recommended that institutions reevaluate any employee who previously identified as Asian/Other Pacific Islander, as these are now two distinct categories. Additionally, because the option to indicate more than one race is now available, institutions of higher education may choose to reevaluate their entire population.

For More Information

Contact your HRIS representative with questions about this process.