On This Day in IUPUI History: April 11, 1983

April 11, 1983. 

On this day, IUPUI inaugurated a new computerized class-registration system for the fall 1983 semester. The system, begun four years before but requiring that period of time to perfect, would allow students to select and  register for classes, and receive a bill by mail automatically. IUPUI registrar Richard Slocum noted that improvements to the system for the spring 1984 semester would allow students to access scholarship and financial-aid information.

For years, class registration at IUPUI was a huge headache for students. In 1971, when Indiana University took over all administrative functions after the 1969 merger of the Indianapolis campuses of IU and Purdue University, 38th Street Campus students accustomed to Purdue's computerized system groaned when confronted with IU's manual registration nightmare. Students with jobs and family obligations had to wait in long lines to sign up for classes. As well, the IU system was a pain in the neck for staff and faculty, who had to staff the registration tables.

Automation eased the stress of registering and paying for IUPUI classes.

Registrar Richard Slocum (center) and others cut ribbon on registration center, 1983 UA24-000614

To learn more about IUPUI history, spend some time in IUPUI records in IUPUI Special Collections and Archives. Consult staff at speccoll@iupui.edu.


Updated Apr 11, 2019 by Editor Name Missing