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It would seem that Education is not an indication of how well you can understand Y2K.

Makes the health industry look prepared.

Any Optimistic Scholars like to comment?

 Education Secretary Sends Letter to University Heads About Y2K Concerns

Education Secretary Sends Letter to University Heads About Y2K Concerns

August 6, 1999

U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley sent a letter on Thursday to the nation's college and university presidents and chancellors expressing his concern that many of the institutions are not yet Year 2000-compliant.

 The letter noted a recent report by Education's inspector general that identified postsecondary institutions as the only "high-risk" component of the student aid delivery partnership. According to the department, Education's systems are Year 2000-ready. Riley cited a recent department survey probing the Year 2000 readiness of postsecondary institutions and was alarmed at the low response rate -- 32 percent -- and even more worried about the findings.

 Only 30 percent of respondents have all mission-critical systems ready, the survey showed. The survey indicated that 60 percent expect to be compliant by Oct. 1. More than 60 percent of respondents had completed the awareness and assessment phases for their systems, but less than 20 percent had reached the implementation phase.

 Perhaps the most alarming finding, according to Riley, was that only 22 of the 5,800 U.S. institutions participating in student aid programs had successfully tested a data exchange with Education's systems. The department's IG has recommended that data exchange testing become a requirement rather than simply encouraged. Riley is considering that suggestion.

 All of a university's critical data systems are vulnerable to Year 2000 problems, including basic infrastructure, payroll, accounting, personnel, academic research and libraries, Riley said. He encouraged schools to take advantage of Education's Year 2000 resources, including World Wide Web sites and a contingency planning and Year 2000 readiness planning kit.

 Riley will send a follow-up survey to the university and college leaders later this month and is hoping for an improved response rate and significant progress.

-- Brian (, August 09, 1999


And here is the snip from John K. and friends. Notice how there is little impact in the actual education of folks. Duh! Books are 100% compliant. But building safety/infrastructure, student records, payroll, and curriculum are at risk. HHHMMMM couldn't be that important eh? Education should be altruistic. I am sure that money comprimizes the education system.

President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion  Third Summary of Assessment Information


More information about the Y2K readiness of the nation's schools has
been forthcoming in the past quarter and it is clear that educational
organizations need to increase the pace of their efforts to prepare for the
date change.

A troubling number of institutions, especially in the
elementary/secondary area, have not yet completed their assessment of
systems and are lagging in remediation and testing. According to
spring/summer 1999 Department of Education survey data, only 28
percent of more than 3,500 Superintendents/Local Educational Agencies
(LEAs) indicated that all of their mission-critical systems are now Y2K
compliant, and only 30 percent of roughly 2,100 postsecondary
educational institutions reported that all of their systems are Y2K
compliant. Furthermore, many school districts and postsecondary
institutions project that they will not complete Y2K work and
contingency planning until after October 1, 1999.

Y2K-related failures in schools are unlikely to have a direct impact on
teaching and learning. However, such failures could have an adverse
impact on other factors critical to the education environment, such as
building safety/infrastructure, student records, payroll, and curriculum
involving use of information technology.

-- Brian (, August 09, 1999.

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