Back in 1996, long before the Y2K bug became a common concern for folks around the nation, officials at the University of Minnesota were reaching an unpleasant realization. The U's computer systems were not Y2K compliant. This situation alone, recalls associate vice president Robert Kvavik, might have been handled by school staffers. They could possibly have gone through the systems, which had sprouted across the university's four campuses over three decades, updated them, and prevented them from crashing when January 1, 2000 rolled around. But there was another change to contend with: In 1995 the university's board of regents had voted to switch from quarters to semesters by fall 1999 (the state Legislature had already ordered the rest of Minnesota's public colleges to make the change by 1998). "We could have fixed the system if it only had to be Y2K compatible," Kvavik laments. But to manage the schedule switch too, well, the whole computer architecture would have... More >>>