History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 38

38 Department Histories Career Resource Center P l a c e m e n t S e r v i c e O f f i c e i s C r e at e d In 1951, UF began the rapid expansion from a student body of 8,177 men and 601 women to nearly 50,000 students. Employers from business, industry, education and government were clamoring for new college graduates to join their organizations as they attempted to keep abreast of the demand for goods and services depressed by the World War II economy of 1941-1947. In the early 1950s, employer representatives would contact individual professors to begin the recruiting process for students. The professors would in turn recommend students for screening and employment interviews. This type of college recruitment and selection existed through WWII when college enrollments and employer needs for college graduates were low. After WWII, employers needed qualified college graduates to fill growing needs. Old recruiting methods were inadequate and time-consuming. President J. Hillis Miller charged Dr. Max Wise, Dean of Student Personnel, to form a committee to solve recruitment issues. The college placement organizational structure that Miller wanted to create at UF originated in England. Placement offices at English universities were called “appointment offices.” Their primary purpose was to assist in the selection and placement of graduating students in government service positions. Most early placement services at U.S. universities were involved primarily in the placement of teachers. With a model to mirror, UF established the Placement Service Office in 1953. In July 1953, Maurice E. Mayberry, a UF College of Business Administration graduate, was selected as the first placement officer. The committee settled on H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A