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The Michigan Daily - Friday, June 1, 1984 - Page 5
Academic program to offer membership

Students changing majors, tran-
sferring to the University, or whose
high school education was not very
demanding will be able to enter a new
program starting this fall.
The Comprehensive Studies Program
will be similar to the Residential
College and LSA Honors because
students will be members of the
program, according to Frank Yates,
director of the program.
STUDENTS WILL have to apply to be
admitted to the program, said Yates.
Priority for membership will be given

to students whose prior academic ex-
periences were not very challenging.
"(But) we're not talking about
remediation," said Pat Shure, a
mathematics lecturer for the Com-
prehensive Studies Program.
Each student admitted to the
program will have an assigned coun-
selor who will meet with them on a
regular basis to discuss everything
from academics to career planning.
"IT (COUNSELING) won't be just a
stamp," said Shure.
The program will make students
aware of the level and the pace of

academic work at the University, ad-
ded Shure.
The Comprehensive Studies Program
will also be offering more "joint" cour-
se sections this fall. The "joint" courses
are arranged through a combined effort
of the Comprehensive Studies Program
and the respective departments. There
will be new introductory level courses
in biology, computer science,
economics, physics, and statistics. In
the past, the program has only offered
courses in English composition and
A student will be in the program
through their sophomore year, .said
Shure. The program is aimed at
providing a thorough foundation for the
student in introductory courses, she
Students in the program w'1 have top

priority to all CSP course sections but
LSA students will still be eligible to
enroll in any of the sections if there is
room for more students.
"It's often more rewarding to teach
one of these classes," said Shure.
"because the students are willing to
spend more time on the subjects."
Most "joint" courses meet one hour
extra during the week. For example, a
four credit "joint" course meets five
hours a week instead of the usual four.
The Comprehensive Studies Program
is a result of a merger last September
of the Coalition for the Use of Learning
Skils and the Opportunity Program.
According to Shure, there has been
some discussion of student respon-
sibilities for being a member of the
program but a final decision has not
been made.

'U' Bureaucracy runs
own numbers racket

Contrary to the popular campus
belief, the tenth digit on the familiar
yellow student identification card is not
just another ramdom bit of
As every post-orientation freshperson
knows, the student's social security
number makes up the first nine digits of
the ID number.
ber comes from a complex
mathematical formula derived from
the social security number.
This "check digit" is derived from a
series of multiplications, summations
and finally one division whose remainder
becomes the magic number.
"The check digit determines if the
student number is correct at the time of
entry into any computer system,"
said Associate Registrar Harris Olsen.
"It helps prevent errors, and is a com-
mon practice in many different in-
AS AN OPERATOR enters a student
number into one of the many computer

terminals on campus which thrive on
students' personal records, the com-
puter applies the mathematical for-
mula to the first nine digits. If the com-
puter and the terminal operator
disagree about what the tenth digit
should be, the computer sounds a war-
ning which is designed to prevent
mistakes in academic, financial, and
personal records.
Yet the shroud of ignorance still
covers the misunderstood tenth digit.
Most students never consider the final
digit's purpose or assume its existence
is purely random.
"I've always assumed it was one of
those mysterious things about Ann Ar-
bor," said Jim Tucker, a graduate
student in classical studies, "like the
black spot about the sign at Drake's."
"IT MUST BE somehow arbitrary,"
said John Caraher, an engineering
student. "But later I decided it wasn't
worth my time worrying about it."
Other theories about the mystery
number suggest that it might reveal the
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'U' may decide phys. ed.
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associate vice president for academic program at the University. Swain
affairs, said her office is "working on it refused to confirm those rumors, but
as fast as we can." said such a plan would have "some at-
In addition to preparing recommen- tactive aspects.
dations on the department's future ad- Both Swain and Edington said the
ministrative status, Swain said her of- final recommendationsfor the depar-
fice is studying where the department tment could be completed this month.
should be located. Edington said there was a possibility
A number of administrators have that the department's future could be
suggested that the department may be decided in time for this month's
made into a unique, quasi-independent University regents meeting.
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