Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Mystery of the Student ID Numbers

We use non-SSN student ID numbers. At some point when the new student ID number scheme was cooked up, the Powers That Be declared that student ID numbers would be issued to each applicant as they were entered into the system on the mainframe. The first issued student ID number was (roughly) 200000, and the numbers have been incremented since then. We're now somewhere around 295000. I think we've been using this new method for the past five years or so (roughly).

Recently I've been noticing some students -- all with Asian names -- who have student ID numbers around 407000.

Why do these Asian students have numbers issued under a different scheme?

What's going to happen in a few years when the regular pool of student ID numbers gets up into the 400000s?

I guess we'll find out in a few years.