Resolved, That the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to revise CCCApply to include a gender “non-binary” option so that our students are not compelled to misidentify themselves at the very beginning of their California community college education.
- The CCCCO MIS SB04 field element would need to be changed to accept Non-binary.
- In order for the colleges to receive federal funding for student aid programs, CCCCO reports gender to the federal government through IPEDS reporting. IPEDS does not have an option for non-binary.
Before CCCApply is changed to accept non-binary, it seems that CCCCO needs to:
- Determine a method to report non-binary gender to IPEDS by contacting the Federal Department of Education
- Change the CCCCO MIS SB04 data element to accept a non-binary value
If these steps are not taken before CCCApply is changed, all non-binary students would have to be reported as Unknown. At a minimum I would recommend that the CCCCO MIS SB04 field element be changed so this does not happen.
Feedback from COMIS:
It would be possible to update SX04 (and EB03 EMPLOYEE-GENDER) to add an additional code for non-binary gender for 2019-20 reporting.
The IPEDS Technical Review Panel met and discussed gender reporting in 2016, but no changes came out of that discussion. The discussion summary can be found here https://edsurveys.rti.org/IPEDS_TRP_DOCS/prod/documents/TRP51_Summary.pdf
There is currently no IPEDS guidance for reporting non-binary gender. The IPEDS guidance for reporting unknown gender is…
“It is up to the institution to decide how best to handle reporting individuals whose gender is unknown. However, common methods used are: allocate the individuals with gender unknown based on the known distribution of men and women at the institution for either students or staff; use the individual's name to assign gender; assign gender randomly.”
We currently do not report records for students with unknown gender. We would have to determine how to handle students with non-binary gender for IPEDS reporting.