Today in NC State History: Students feel change for last time

August 26, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconFor years it had become an annual August custom for students to stand in the lines on Reynolds Coliseum’s floor and sweat it out — literally and figuratively.

They waited for hours to see if they could drop the course with the professor who was a  harsh grader and get into a class that might offer them a more comfortable academic setting or might allow them to sleep in on weekdays.

But all of that ended on this day in 1988 as NC State held the last-ever registration/change day in Reynolds.

“The day is a finale for a university-old tradition,” the Technician reported, “and the signs and posters mean a new easier process of registration is on the way.”

This scene in Reynolds Coliseum became a thing of the past in 1988, when NC State held its last-ever change day.

This scene in Reynolds Coliseum became a thing of the past in 1988, when NC State held its last-ever change day.

The signs and posters were advertising TRACS, or¬†Telephonic Registration Access in Computerized Scheduling. It was described as a “high tech” and efficient system that enabled students to get into that one business class they needed before graduation by simply picking up the phone and dialing a number.

NC State was the first university in the state to go telephonic, according to the Technician. “We’re on the cutting edge in technology,” an NC State official told the paper. “Only 30 to 35 schools in the nation have this system.”

The system allowed for the use of 12 telephone lines for a 22 day period that started Oct. 30, 1988. Each student was assigned a certain window in which he or she could call.

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