Behind the Screens at Penn State

The networks on which the sprawling campuses run 
are mostly unseen and unappreciated

Behind the Screens 
at Penn State 3

Will Yurman for the chronicle

Penn State’s 200 dairy cows wear transponders 
(on the orange strips around their ankles) that 
record each animal’s milk production.

While you were busy—you were doing research on ants or epigrams, perhaps, or counting applicants or adjuncts or donors—information technology took over college campuses.

Sure, you were aware that everyone relies on email (everyone except your students, who mostly text and Snapchat). You know all about Blackboard and MOOCs. And you hear your colleagues talking more and more about how to use big data in both scholarly and institutional