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Information Technology Services

Robert McCurdy, Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology Services

Global technology trends increasingly shape and raise expectations of students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to Michigan State University. To meet these digital expectations, Information Technology (IT) Services and the Office of the CIO partner with the Provost and Executive Vice President for Administrative Services, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and other academic, auxiliary, and administrative leaders. IT Services and the Office of the CIO provide the primary leadership for strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting technology across MSU. IT Services enables MSU's mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement. This work includes online learning systems, instructional technology, collaborative tools, user support, network infrastructure, data storage and integration, cybersecurity, and administrative applications. More information is at and

IT Services

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors increasingly experience Michigan State University through a digital lens. Our community expects contemporary, mobile, and digital solutions for research, teaching and learning, advancement activities, and enterprise systems.

IT Services is committed to providing academic and administrative technologies to support the work of MSU and its community. Our services are designed to:

Stabilize, manage, and improve core technology services like network infrastructure and data storage to support the university’s growth.

As technology advances, the volume of data on the MSU network increases along with the need for secure information access, management, and storage. IT Services oversees the university’s wired and wireless network, data centers, identity and access management, and mass storage. The MSU ID Office handles MSU NetID and Spartan Card activities and support. Our organization is also the steward of technology infrastructure for central academic and business information, associated policies and business practices, data stewardship, and university archives.
Encourage active learning and scholarship by students and faculty through instruction, study, research, and engagement.

Technology solutions support instructors in courses, student success, and innovative teaching and learning methods and models. IT Services supports campus computer labs and technology classrooms, technology room design, audiovisual services, conferencing technologies, test proctoring services, and collaborative technology tools. IT Services also offers instructional design and pedagogy course consultation, workshops, and best practices.
Advance MSU’s culture of high performance among students, faculty, and staff.

To support a culture of high performance, the MSU IT Service Desk provides technology support for the MSU community on the phone, online, and in person. The MSU Computer Store – Help and Repair provides educational discounts on hardware and software, campus licensing, and computer repair and warranty services. IT Services is also focused on IT project and service management, as well as planning for future systems, tools, and technology trends. These processes help us prioritize and invest in new projects that are imperative to MSU’s progress as a top-tier research university.
Provide a security framework with standards and initiatives to help protect institutional data, technology, systems, and resources.

Research projects, intellectual property, student and health information, and systems that interact with confidential data require added security protections. IT Services and the Chief Information Security Officer oversee network and system security through university initiatives like two-factor authentication, vulnerability management, incident response, established IT standards, and educational campaigns. The office also develops and maintains IT policies supporting MSU’s integrated instructional, research, and public service mission while maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and security of data.
Integrate data and information so it is readily accessible and useful for learning, research, analytics, and administrative work.

Harnessing data to inform and shape decisions is imperative for MSU. IT Services develops and maintains systems and data to sustain core university support and academic administration functions such as student records, course enrollment, financial aid, student billing, student payment processing, university financial records, payment card processing, human resources, and alumni/donor records. We also support institutional data asset collection and integration with different systems and tools across campus.

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