History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 40

40 and academic majors in which the company was interested; and any additional information considered appropriate. Sharing the information in this database with academic departments was the incentive needed for Mayberry to gain access to classrooms and student professi onal organizations to present programs about placement services, job-hunting, and employers. Student response was immediately positive and overwhelming while faculty response was mixed. The second step toward establishing a centralized placement operation was a public relations campaign that targeted students, faculty, and employers. Supplementing this campaign was the personal and professional relationships fostered between Mayberry and other placement officials around the country. As a result of Mayberry’s efforts in building relationships, placement officers from other universities referred their “excess” employers to UF. The final step toward establishing a centralized placement operation was the development of a comprehensive student database. During outreach programs in classrooms and at professional student organization meetings, seniors completed information forms providing their names, local addresses, colleges, academic majors, class level, and projected dates of graduation. This information was then hand typed on 3-by-5 inch index cards and kept in the Placement Service Office where they were readily available to employers. In 1955, Mayberry negotiated an agreement with the Colleges of Engineering, Business Administration, and Agriculture. Employers seeking students in disciplines relating to two or more colleges would work through the Placement Service Office to coordinate student interview scheduling. Employers seeking students in disciplines relating to only one college would deal directly with the college to coordinate student interview scheduling. As a result of this agreement, the number of employers that expressed a desire to have their interview schedules coordinated solely through the Placement Service Office increased and the colleges’ confidence in centralized placement also improved. The transition of placement authority from the colleges to the Placement Service Office occurred gradually over a period of years. In 1963-64, the Colleges of Agriculture, Business Administration, and Engineering transitioned control of placement services to the Placement Service Office. As a result of these actions, the President’s Placement Committee recommended that H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A