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40 years ago: Computer-aided enrollment goes faster than ever

January 19, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 19, 1972:

Do you remember the "enrollment maze" at Kansas University? Students had to follow a path through Allen Fieldhouse, making various stops on their way to full registration and enrollment. William Balfour, vice chancellor for student affairs, said that the "maze" featured a few changes this semester which were having the desired effect of speeding up the process. KU's new "computer-prepared" student registration data sheet was also proving to be quite helpful, Balfour said. Later in the week, spring enrollment was reported to have been the smoothest in recent years, with Registrar William Kelly reporting that some students were able to complete the entire process in 1 1/2 hours. One student who had been readmitted after several years away from school had gone through enrollment in only 45 minutes. "He was amazed," Kelly said, adding that the student had not attended KU since the days when the enrollment process was staged in the Kansas Union.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

Yup, those good old IBM punch cards, quite an advance, they were. I remember them!

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

In fact, for my computer programming course in FORTRAN in I think 1978, we went to the computer center with our stacks of punch cards that had our computer program on them. Then they went through and were scanned by the machine.

It was important that they all be in order. If you dropped them before they were processed and mixed them up, you were in real trouble and had to put them all in order again.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

Oh come on, you powers that be at LJWorld.com, FORTRAN is supposed to be in all capital letters. So is COBOL. I think we're covered on BASIC and DOS.

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