Provost Nick Jones shares message with University community

Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones has shared the following message with the University community.

Welcome to fall semester at Penn State!

As the fall 2016 semester begins, the final transition of the University’s student information system (ISIS/eLion) to the new LionPATH system is occurring.

Let me start by acknowledging that we fully recognize there have been some challenges and frustrations with this transition. Conversion of any major legacy database system is a tremendous undertaking and there will be challenges; this project is no different. We’ve heard concerns from faculty, students, staff and parents and we are very sensitive to these concerns, and are working on addressing all of them in a timely manner.

ISIS/eLion, which has been the student information system at Penn State for the past 30 years, will be retired and on Monday, Aug. 29, LionPATH will officially become Penn State’s student system of record. As part of this final transition, students will temporarily be unable to access LionPATH on Saturday, Aug. 27, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A team of dedicated Penn State staff from central offices, Commonwealth campuses, colleges, the World Campus, the Graduate School, and Information Technology Services (ITS) have been working diligently on the project for the past three years to implement the new system. With this initiative, Penn State will be prepared to meet the ever-increasing needs of the Penn State educational community, and improve efficiencies and effectiveness for all of its members in the long run.

There are many online resources for students, staff and parents to help navigate LionPATH, and I encourage you to visit the LionPATH launch page for important announcements and helpful resources.

One concern that we recognize is that the user interface isn’t as intuitive or user-friendly as it could, or should, be. In response to student feedback, we’re working toward a facelift for the interface that is targeted for the spring semester.

We respectfully request and appreciate your patience, cooperation and understanding while we finalize this transition. As concerns are raised we will continue to look to address them as quickly as possible.

Welcome back, and I wish everyone a successful and rewarding fall semester.

Nicholas P. Jones

Executive vice president and provost, Penn State

Last Updated August 25, 2016