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About Us

About the Division of Information Technology

The Division of Information Technology provides technologies in support of learning and teaching, administration, and research at all of NIU's campuses. IT manages administrative and academic computing, computer operations, information management and security, telecommunications, and the NIU network.

Who We Are

Functional Organization

Organization chart (pdf)

Alphabetic List of Division Leadership

Supporting Students, Faculty and Staff

The Helpdesk provides technology support 24/7/365 to the NIU community. It monitors applications running on IT servers and contacts technicians when issues arise. The Technology Support Desk, located in the Library, provides face-to-face technology support to students, faculty and staff, retirees, and prospective students visiting campus.

Network Modernization

Starting in July 2013, in partnership with the Provost and Finance & Facilities, IT began upgrading all network connections from 10 MB to 100 MB. The faster connection means sending and receiving big files faster and better streaming video.
See 10 Mb to 100 Mb upgrade schedule.

The Division is in the process of implementing a $2.3M upgrade to the core network for greater network capacity and reliability between campus buildings. The upgrade includes a 100 Gigabit ring between NIU’s main campus data center and the off-campus data center, adding a fourth Internet service provider, and enhanced firewall protection.

Academic Computing Optimization

Anywhere Lab - Students go to an IT computer lab to use course-specific software, to work with files on their home (H: drive), and to print. Anywhere Lab makes those services available anywhere they have a device connected to the Internet.

Wi-Fi - IT has achieved 100 percent Wi-Fi coverage in student and academic indoor spaces, outdoor spaces like Huskie Stadium and the Outdoor Recreation Facility, and in most administrative buildings. See Wi-Fi Areas


Bigger mailboxes - IT implemented Google Apps for students. A Google mailbox has 30 Gigabytes of storage, making it an alternative to saving printed documents. Google Drive makes creation and collaboration on electronic documents easy, and with Google Sites, a website can be created to gather all the documents in one place. 

Virtual server technology - Virtual server technology allows one physical server to host 20 to 25 virtual servers, saving up to 90% on energy consumption. Anywhere Lab and NIU enterprise applications such as Blackboard, GroupWise, Mobility Connector, OnBase and MyNIU all have virtual server components. 

GroupWise mailboxes for faculty and staff have been increased to 2 Gigabytes.

Print quotas - During the first semester of the print quota, Fall 2012, 3,221,822 fewer sheets of paper were used compared to Fall 2011. The print quota for the fall and spring 2014 semesters was $14 per semester. The printers also scan to email or USB drive, which saves paper.

Broadband Technology Leadership

NIUNet is a 2,200 mile high-speed fiber-optic network built by NIU in collaboration with Illinois communities and their anchor institutions like village halls, school districts, libraries and hospitals. 

NIUNet was originally a proof-of-concept initiative for collaboration between public and private partners. Since September 2004, NIU has led the development of several regional fiber-optic networks valued at over $120M in federal/state/local grants and other funding sources. 

The unique NIUNet model has stimulated economic development and created one of the most robust broadband communities in the nation. 


iFiber is a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funded grant to NIU serving a nine-county region

DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority is a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funded grant for DeKalb County

Illinois Rural HealthNet is a Federal Communications Commission funded grant for the development of high-speed networks for healthcare in rural Illinois areas

Northern Illinois Technology Triangle is a State of Illinois funded network for economic development in counties west of Chicago

Illinois Municipal Broadband Communications Association is a locally funded network cooperative for municipal interconnectivity and economic development

TriLightNet is a local hospital funded medical network for health information exchange and health care

IT Governance

IT Governance - The Vice President for Information Technology has created a governance framework that yields some decision-making authority to a committee structure to meet the university’s need for a more connected and responsive IT community.

IT Policies, Standards and Procedures

IT policies, standards and procedures address appropriate use, copyrights, privacy, security, and management of data.