Who we are
People, ideas, and actionOVPIT 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.
Connect people with information and each other
Support collaboration and engagement
Use technology to solve problems
Offer innovative approaches to teaching and learning
Teams and partners
Administrative Information ServicesProvides modern, secure student and business information systems that support teaching, learning, research, customer service, and commerce at the University.
Identity ServicesManages and protects the digital identities of Penn State students, faculty, staff, and affiliates and oversees access to online University resources.
Penn State Data CentersProtects mission-critical University assets by providing three secure, reliable facilities for departments to store and back up their research and business data.
Services and SolutionsServes the Penn State community by providing customer service, sharing innovative IT solutions, and helping customers reimagine the ways they work.
Teaching and Learning with TechnologyCollaborates 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 ServicesDelivers comprehensive telecommunications and networking services to connect Penn Staters and our partners throughout the world.
IT CommunicationsConnects people with information and each other and provides communications support for OVPIT.
OVPIT Financial ServicesManages the finances and fiscal planning for OVPIT.
OVPIT Human ResourcesAssists OVPIT staff members with professional development planning, benefits, problem resolution, and human resources policies and procedures.
IT Planning and ResourcesFacilitates planning initiatives across IT, including strategic planning and facilities management for OVPIT.
Finance and BusinessOVPIT 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 CampusesOVPIT 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 communityIT 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.
Box at Penn StateMore than 54,000 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)More than 23,700 Penn State community members are enrolled in 2FA, which adds an extra layer of security to help ensure only authorized users can access critical online information, systems, and services.
lynda.comAbout 17,000 students, faculty, and staff members use lynda.com to complete nearly 40,000 hours of online training on hundreds of software topics, coding languages, business skills, and more.
Sites at Penn StateMore than 51,000 students, faculty, and staff use Sites at Penn State—a web publishing service—to manage 27,000 sites and blogs.
IT TrainingOVPIT 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 SupportIn addition to walk-in hours, IT Service Desk consultants provide technology support via email and phone 24/7 (excluding University holidays). In fiscal year 2014–15, consultants responded to more than 232,000 requests.
Course Management and Learning ToolsFrom 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 ManagementA 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 SupportEngagement 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 ServicesScholarSphere 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 ServicesNetworking, communication, telephony, and consulting services enable Penn Staters to connect with peers across the University and with colleagues around the world.
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.
How we can help
Support, training, and informationWe’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).
204 Wagner BuildingMonday–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
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.
Help Request PortalThe 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 DevelopmentFind 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.