Montana State University

Faculty and Staff Data

Ethnic Distribution of Instructional Faculty

Ethnicity is self-reported by faculty, and many faculty choose not to specify a racial/ethnic category. By federal law, ethnicity is a protected category and no one can be forced to disclose it.

Beginning in 2010, Montana State University began reporting race/ethnicity with new requirements from the U.S. Department of Education. Under the new guidelines, collection of and reporting of data are no longer the same; due to these changes, previous race/ethnicity data will not be comparable. For collecting race/ethnicity data, institutions must use a two-question format as follows: The first question is whether the respondent is Hispanic/Latino. The second question is whether the respondent is from one or more races from the following list: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White).

The old categories and the new ones are as follows:

New Categories (beginning in 2010)

  • Nonresident Alien
  • Race and Ethnicity Unknown
  • Hispanic of any race
  • For non-Hispanics only:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Two or more races

Old Categories (prior to 2010)

  • Black, non-Hispanic
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Asian or Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic
  • White, non-Hispanic

These categories are reported for US citizens and resident aliens.

Faculty who are not US citizens and are in the country on a temporary basis are reported as nonresident aliens (the column 'Foreign' below).


Fall Hispanic, Latino American Indian, Alaska Native Asian Black, African American Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander White Two or More Races Unknown Foreign Total
2013 10 7 26 0 0 847 10 25 0 925
2012 13 9 24 2 0 831 16 21 1 917
2011 17 4 22 3 0 806 9 19 1 881
2010 10 5 26 2 0 767 9 21 2 842
Fall American Citizens/Permanent Residents Foreign Total
Black Asian Hisp Indian Other White Unknown
2009 1 13 1 4 0 618 168 3 808
2008 0 12 3 5 0 614 173 6 813
2007 0 11 1 5 0 631 152 2 802
2006 0 11 1 6 0 667 112 8 805
2005 0 13 1 8 0 697 103 5 827
2004 0 13 1 7 0 710 83 2 816
2003 0 13 1 8 0 726 52 1 801
2002 0 12 1 8 0 779 0 3 803
2001 0 9 0 8 0 765 0 5 787
2000 0 7 1 8 0 701 12 6 735
1999 0 8 1 8 0 653 0 15 685