Redefined, Reinvigorated Kuali Celebrates First Year

Open-Source Student Administration, Finance, Research, and Continuity Planning Systems for Higher Education Gaining Momentum

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In just one year, the new Kuali has redefined open source administrative systems for higher education by increasing the pace of development, improving design, creating new products, and making it easier for institutions of all types and sizes to use software built by education, for education.

With three products (Curriculum Management, Kuali Ready, Research Conflict of Interest) built from the ground up with a new multi-tenant cloud architecture, Kuali is giving institutions beautifully-designed software options for simplifying administration and streamlining processes to significantly reduce costs.

"Higher education administrative software is generally expensive, ugly, and inflexible," said Joel Dehlin, Kuali CEO. "It doesn't have to be. By combining the best parts of a community with the best parts of a company, we are accelerating software options that higher education desperately needs. We just passed the 150 customer mark, nearly 70% of which have chosen cloud delivery, and we are welcoming more customers every month."

Kuali product highlights from the past year include:

Kuali Student - New: beautifully designed new CM module, multi-tenant cloud architecture

Kuali is creating a Student Information System as a set of independent, best-of-breed components, including financial aid, student accounts, enrollment, and admissions. Each will work independently or together. The new curriculum management (CM) module is available now and demonstrates the brilliant design direction for Kuali Student. Built from the ground up on a native cloud architecture in approximately eight months, 17 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa were integral design partners. Development on the next module, enrollment, has begun.

Kuali Financials - New: Look and feel, user dashboard, redesigned to run in the cloud

The design of Kuali Financials is guided by institutions to meet the unique needs of higher ed and has been recently improved for the cloud. A beautiful and simplified look and feel has been applied and a customer and user configurable dashboard has been created. Used by a wide range of institutions, customers have reported a reduction of audit expenses after implementing Kuali Financials. Next steps include further modernization of the UX and robust analytics and reporting.

Kuali Research - New: COI module completely redesigned, cloud delivery

An end-to-end grant and research administration system that encompasses proposal, award, and compliance phases, nearly 50 customers rely on Kuali to manage a combined $12.9 billion in annual research expenditures. Kuali Research is being redesigned to simplify and modernize the user experience, and run in the cloud. The first new module, Conflict of Interest, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt with a multi-tenant cloud architecture. It is available now.

Kuali Ready - New: Complete product redesign and cloud enablement

The process of business continuity planning for higher education is greatly simplified with Kuali Ready. A questionnaire-based tool allows business users to create and manage department-focused plans in one location.

"This is just the beginning," added Dehlin. "Looking back at the impressive amount of work we have accomplished in so few months, I have great expectations for what we can do together in the next year."

About Kuali

Kuali delivers open source administrative software using modern cloud-based technologies built specifically for higher education. Thoughtfully designed software streamlines processes to significantly reduce costs for student services, financials, research, and continuity planning.

The Kuali Foundation and community was founded in 2005 by Indiana University, University of Arizona, University of Hawaii, Michigan State University, San Joaquin Delta Community College, Cornell University, and the National Council for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) to develop a suite of open administrative systems for higher education.

In 2014, responsibility for product development and SaaS delivery for Kuali Student, Kuali Financials, Kuali Research, and Kuali Ready moved to the newly-created Kuali company. The Kuali Foundation continues as a non-profit body that enables Kuali members to aggregate resources, set priorities for the uses of those resources, and fund development of software features and enhancements that are important to them. For more information, visit

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