The Kuali Foundation announced today that the Kuali Coeus (KC) Functional Council has voted to engage with KualiCo for product development leadership. KualiCo is a new company that delivers cloud-based software for higher education. Kuali Coeus is a modular suite of open source research administration software designed specifically for higher education and delivered via the cloud by KualiCo.
At its recently concluded Kuali Days conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, KC Functional Council members expressed enthusiasm about the new opportunities made possible by this agreement. KualiCo will lead a single product development team, while the KC Functional Council will continue to set priorities for the expenditure of foundation funds. By engaging with KualiCo, the project team will now be able to develop products more efficiently. "Voting to engage with KualiCo is a vote for the long-term health of Kuali Coeus," said Lori Schultz, member of the KC Board and Director for Research Advancement at the University of Arizona.
"Kuali Coeus has set the standard for research administration software," states Joel Dehlin, KualiCo Chief Executive Officer. "Together, KualiCo and the Kuali Coeus community will accelerate the improvement of a product that is already world-class." Coeus began at MIT in 1995. In 2005, MIT invited other universities to join the Coeus Consortium to enable long-term sustainability of its research administration tool as a shared resource. In 2008, the Coeus Consortium Steering Committee developed a product roadmap and technology transition plan, licensed its code to the Kuali Foundation, and enabled the development of Kuali Coeus on an open source platform.
"Over the next several weeks, the Kuali Coeus community will begin to engage with KualiCo by mutually defining our partnership and developing new relationships with the talent pool being assembled at KualiCo," stated Stephen Dowdy, Project Director for the Kuali Coeus Board and Director of Research Information and Systems at MIT. "The Kuali Coeus Functional Council's decision to fully engage with KualiCo will insure that the higher education community continues to have a state-of-the-art, best-of-breed research administration system into the next decade."
About Kuali Foundation
The Kuali Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that offers open source administrative software solutions built by higher education, for higher education. Seventy member organizations from around the world help build Kuali software by leveraging their collective resources and voice, including systems for financial management, research administration, student services, human resources/payroll, library, business continuity, and middleware/workflow.
The Kuali community is committed to providing sustainable open source software that helps colleges and universities keep their money in their mission by significantly reducing administrative costs and promoting administrative best practices. Thousands of users at over 130 institutions, large and small, currently use Kuali's scalable administrative software. For more information on the Kuali Foundation, please visit www.kuali.org.
KualiCo delivers open source administrative software using modern cloud-based technologies built specifically for higher education. Our thoughtfully-designed products streamline processes to significantly reduce costs for grants and research, finance, student services, and continuity planning. KualiCo is privately held and has offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit www.kuali.co.