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The Academy of Art University Paints a New Vision for Student-Centric IT with Ping Identity

Ping Identity Empowers Students with Simple and Secure Access Anywhere on Any Device Across 21 Campuses; The Academy Selects Ping Identity over Okta and Oracle

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — September 19, 2013


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — September 19, 2013 — Ping Identity®, The Identity Security Company™, today announced it has been selected by the Academy of Art University (the Academy) to provide its students with simple and secure access on any device across its 21 campuses. After a rigorous evaluation, the Academy selected Ping Identity over Okta and Oracle.

The Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design school in the United States, with more than 18,000 students, 3,000 employees and 70,000 alumni. The Academy’s identity and security needs are complex – identities and credentials for its population must be shared across the 21 colleges that create the academy. As a result, students need to be provisioned and re-provisioned to a multitude of applications and services during their time at school.

"We support a large-scale, highly-dynamic user population with diverse access needs. Students and faculty need access to a variety of on-premise and cloud applications across our campuses. We needed a solution that could enable this in a highly distributed environment, providing seamless and secure access to all resources all the time," says Erik Viens, executive VP of technology and CIO, The Academy of Art University. “Ping Identity met all of our needs and integrated with our core components, which was critical for us. With Ping, we’re able to provide a secure bridge from systems like PeopleSoft, Salesforce and Workday directly to student and faculty mobile devices, creating uninterrupted service throughout campus.”

Since implementing Ping Identity, the Academy has been able to create a student-centric IT service that enables unified identity management, single-sign-on, and broad accessibility. As a result, the Academy has:


  • Federated identity management across 21 colleges;
  • Unified more than 27,000 student records through;
  • Provisioned and de-provisioned an average of 9,000 new students and graduates each year;
  • Provided simple, secure SSO access for more than 25,000 users;
  • Provided seamless and secure mobile access to cloud apps across a highly distributed campus.


“The Academy of Art University provides businesses with a great lesson on how to provide simple and secure access to much needed cloud apps in a distributed environment,” said Roger Oberg, vice president of marketing, Ping Identity. “By taking a student-centric approach to the IT challenges, the Academy was able to create an environment that can provision access, authenticate and authorize users to cloud apps in a single click.”


About Academy of Art University Founded in 1929 by artists for artists, Academy of Art University is a for-profit, family-owned university located in San Francisco. It is the largest accredited private art and design school in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. The university offers 36 on-campus and online degree and certificate programs across 21 fine arts colleges. Undergraduate degree programs include Associate of Arts (AA), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA); graduate degree programs include Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch). The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level. To learn more, visit 


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