Penn State’s student information system, ISIS (Integrated Student Information System), was designed and developed in the early 1980s. This fully integrated and centralized administrative system is a critical and core function of the University.
ISIS manages the records of all Penn State students—graduate, undergraduate, law, medical, credit, and noncredit—at 23 campuses (excluding the Pennsylvania College of Technology), including Penn State’s growing online World Campus. Multiple delivery methods are used to serve these different types of students, including face-to-face, online, and blended learning methods.
Many Penn Staters depend on ISIS and don’t even know it. For example, anyone who uses eLion, Penn State’s web-based service for students, advisers, and faculty, uses ISIS. That’s because eLion is nothing more than a web-based portal into ISIS. Without ISIS, there would be no eLion.
Not surprisingly, the business processes of today are vastly different from those for which ISIS was designed over 25 years ago. Penn State needs a student system that is flexible enough to adapt quickly and easily to current business processes so that the needs of students, faculty, and staff can be met.