The Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology (OVPIT) is dedicated to implementing innovative solutions to support students, faculty, and staff. As Penn State’s largest single IT unit, we strive to find, create, and share services, tools, and training that meet the evolving technological, academic, and business needs of those we serve. Using IT to move Penn State forward is our most important pursuit, and we’re committed to improving our services, cultivating our talented workforce, becoming more efficient, revamping IT infrastructures, and promoting a culture of openness and respect.

Who we are

People, ideas, and action

OVPIT is a dynamic group of 550 IT professionals who love technology and its power to transform. We use our collective knowledge and experience to help people, solve problems, and support Penn State’s teaching, research, and service mission. We value teamwork and collaboration and focus on promoting the growth of our staff through local and national professional development opportunities and programs. Diversity of people, ideas, and actions; civility toward each other and those we work with; and a positive workplace climate are what we practice and encourage in OVPIT and throughout the University.
We:

Connect people with information and each other

Support collaboration and engagement

Use technology to solve problems

Develop solutions

Provide training

Offer innovative approaches to teaching and learning

Leadership

Our senior leaders bring their own blend of expertise and experience to OVPIT and Penn State. Many also hold positions of influence on committees and working groups throughout higher education and IT organizations nationwide. Leaders at all levels of OVPIT—managers, team leads, and staff—help guide our organization and its people.

Teams and partners

These areas comprise OVPIT:

Administrative Information Services

Provides modern, secure student and business information systems that support teaching, learning, research, customer service, and commerce at the University.

Identity Services

Manages and protects the digital identities of Penn State students, faculty, staff, and affiliates and oversees access to online University resources.

Penn State Data Centers

Protects mission-critical University assets by providing three secure, reliable facilities for departments to store and back up their research and business data.

Services and Solutions

Serves the Penn State community by providing customer service, sharing innovative IT solutions, and helping customers reimagine the ways they work.

Teaching and Learning with Technology

Collaborates with faculty, instructional designers, and students to promote creative and innovative uses of technology to enrich teaching and learning at Penn State.

Telecommunications and Networking Services

Delivers comprehensive telecommunications and networking services to connect Penn Staters and our partners throughout the world.
These areas are part of the Office of the Chief of Staff:

IT Communications

Connects people with information and each other and provides communications support for OVPIT.

OVPIT Financial Services

Manages the finances and fiscal planning for OVPIT.

OVPIT Human Resources

Assists OVPIT staff members with professional development planning, benefits, problem resolution, and human resources policies and procedures.

IT Planning and Resources

Facilitates planning initiatives across IT, including strategic planning and facilities management for OVPIT.
These areas work in close partnership with OVPIT:

Finance and Business

OVPIT works closely with Penn State Finance and Business to support the evolving human, financial, physical, and environmental needs of the University.

Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses

OVPIT collaborates with the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses to ensure common technological experiences and standards for students, faculty, and staff at Penn State’s nineteen undergraduate campuses.

What we do

Supporting the Penn State community

IT is one of Penn State’s most important assets, and we in OVPIT have made it our mission to bring IT tools, services, and solutions to our customers—students, faculty, and staff at twenty-four campus locations—in the most innovative, accessible, and efficient ways possible. This ability helps us consistently support the University’s teaching, learning, research, business, and administrative needs.

IT Services

The following are just a few of OVPIT's most popular and widely used services and resources. To learn more about these and other offerings, please visit the help request portal. 

Box at Penn State

More than 66,000 students, faculty, staff, retirees, and other collaborators use Box—a cloud-based file storage tool that enables users to access, manage, and share data.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

All faculty and staff members at every Penn State campus location use 2FA to add an extra layer of security and help ensure only authorized users can access critical online information, systems, and services.

lynda.com

About 17,500 students, faculty, and staff members use lynda.com to complete nearly 43,500 hours of online training on hundreds of software topics, coding languages, business skills, and more.

Sites at Penn State

Sites at Penn State gives students, faculty, and staff members the ability to build websites, blogs, and portfolios through WordPress, a blogging platform.

IT Training

OVPIT Training Services offers a variety of online and face-to-face training workshops, materials, and self-paced resources for improving teaching, learning, and work performance anytime, anywhere.

Customer Service and Support

In addition to walk-in hours, IT Service Desk consultants provide technology support via email and phone 24/7 (excluding University holidays).

Course Management and Learning Tools

From learning management systems and the One Button Studio to computer labs and the Knowledge Commons, students have access to resources for enhancing learning and cultivating IT skills valuable in college and for a lifetime.

Identity and Access Management

A variety of identity services helps protect the digital identities of students, faculty, and staff, while enabling the community to access hundreds of online resources at Penn State and other institutions.

Instructional Design and Faculty Support

Engagement initiatives enable faculty to collaborate with OVPIT staff and instructional designers to explore emerging technologies and enhance teaching and learning online and in the classroom.

Repository Services

ScholarSphere and ArchiveSphere enable University researchers to collect, preserve, and share their academic and research data with the University community and a worldwide audience.

Wireless and Phone Services

Networking, communication, telephony, and consulting services enable Penn Staters to connect with peers across the University and with colleagues around the world.
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OVPIT Strategic Planning

The 2015–19 OVPIT Strategic Plan includes information solicited from staff throughout OVPIT, members of the Information Technology Leadership Council, and the University community at large. We'll keep you informed about updates to the plan as they become available.

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Learn more about OVPIT Strategic Planning >

How we can help

Support, training, and information

We’re here when you need us—with answers, training, tools, and other helpful resources. Connect with our friendly IT consultants in person, by phone, or online and access a variety of IT training opportunities and programs to help you fulfill your academic and professional goals.
 

IT Service Desk Locations at University Park

Have a question or need help?
Contact the IT Service Desk 24/7 (excluding University holidays).

 

Phone icon814-865-HELP (4357)

ITservicedesk@psu.edu

You can also get face-to-face help during walk-in hours at the following University Park campus locations:

204 Wagner Building

Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Knowledge Commons in W130 Pattee Library

(fall and spring)
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m–midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–midnight

(summer)
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.

IT Service Desks at all campus locations

Help Request Portal

The Penn State help request portal is a one-stop resource for University students, faculty, and staff to submit online help requests, find answers to commonly asked questions, discover IT services, and more.

IT Training and Professional Development

Find professional development opportunities in the formats and times that are convenient for you. We offer year-round technology training—online and in the classroom—and such events as the TLT Symposium, Elements: The Web Conference at Penn State, IT Matters Breakfast Speaker Series, MacAdmins Conference at Penn State, and more.

IT Knowledge Base

Do you need instructions on how to use a service or have a specific IT-related question? Visit the IT Knowledge Base. It’s full of detailed information about a variety of IT services, tools, and systems at Penn State.

Additional Resources

Explore our list of additional OVPIT services, resources, and guides.

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