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Principle 25 - Information Systems and Computing (ISC).

Information Systems and Computing provides leadership, infrastructure, standards, services, and coordination that permit Penn to take full advantage of its data and information technology assets.


These critical University assets require management and coordination from a University perspective.


  • In Penn's decentralized environment where schools and centers provide a major share of computing services and facilities, strong central leadership and standards are appropriate in networking, data administrative information systems, while ISC'S coordinating and facilitating role is more appropriate in academic computing.
  • The Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing is accountable to both the Provost and the Executive Vice President. ISC provides leadership and advocacy for effective planning and management of computing across the University, and represents Penn to information technology vendors and external organizations.
  • In consultation with the Penn community, ISC develops the standards, models and policies that allow ISC and others to carry out their responsibilities for data and information technology, ISC must abide by these standards, models, and policies. ISC undertakes the advocacy and education that are required to make standards work in Penn's decentralized environment. A consultative, coordinating process that includes all those who deliver information technology to the Penn community is required.
  • ISC provides information technology infrastructure, for example, PennNet and a common data repository. ISC provides a core of "central" services that serve multiple organizations, require coordination, or are more cost-effective when provided centrally. ISC consults with schools, departments, administrative centers, the Provost, and the Executive Vice President to ensure that their needs are met. ISC helps broker and synthesize these perspectives.
  • Sharing facilities, services, and expertise across organizational boundaries is fundamental to leveraging the University's information technology investment. ISC helps broker and coordinate that effort.

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