Before the age of Torch Tone and Albert, registering for classes was usually an all-day affair. Students scurried from department to department assembling their schedule. Files were kept on index cards. Lines were long, and patience and a comfortable pair of shoes were almost as important as a student’s grade point average. In 1988, NYU began implementing the Student Information System (SIS), a comprehensive system for providing and maintaining information used by students, faculty, and staff for advisement, registration, grade reporting, billing, grant and financial aid management, class scheduling, and much more. SIS was never directly connected to any networks, including NYU-NET, so students had to wait in line while authorized NYU resources accessed student information and updated academic and financial data. In 1997, students gained access to SIS information through Albert, NYU's online registration system.
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