Agenda Item No. __________
Washburn University Board of Regents
SUBJECT: Impact of the Year 2000 (Y2K) Problem at Washburn University
There has been much written and spoken about the problems businesses and organizations will experience in their computer systems on January 1, 2000. This Y2K problem stems from the early years of computer programming when every key stroke was critical. To save time and space, early computer programmers identified years with only the last two digits; assuming 19 as the first two digits (e.g., 1967 = 67). As the year 2000 approaches, these computers and programs will see the year as 00 or 1900, which is the root of the problem. The Y2K issue is not terribly difficult to understand from the technical point of view. It is the scope of affected systems and business processes that makes it challenging.
The Vice President for Administration and Treasurer will share with the Regents the approach that the University is taking to identify the scope of the Y2K issue at the University and what actions are being taken to minimize the impact of the Y2K issue on the University's systems and business processes.
For information and discussion only. No action is required.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President