Kuali Student: Overview
What is Kuali Student?
Kuali Student (KS) is a next-generation student administrative system
over a five year period by a consortium of top tier universities. Using a
collaborative development approach with participation limited to a group
of committed contributors, the KS team currently includes
members and resources from its founder and partner institutions and will
be sustained in the future by an international community of institutions
The Kuali Student vision states that KS intends to deliver a student
- Focuses on the needs of all users
- Is learner, learning, and institution agnostic
- Supports a wide range of academic and business processes
Kuali Student will:
- Be a modular, open-source, standards-based, next-generation student system delivered through service-oriented architecture and Web services
- Include eight modules:
- Learning Unit Management (aka Curriculum Management)
- Person Identity
- Enrollment (including Learning Plan)
- Student Financials
- Financial Aid
- Radically improve educational quality and student experience
- Be a flexible, scalable, cost-effective system released by module and distributed through an open-source license
Why did the UW become a founding partner of Kuali Student?
Kuali Student provides the UW with the opportunity to partner with
leading institutions on developing a next-generation student system from
the ground up. Kuali Student provides:
- Potential to substantially improve educational quality and student experience
- Self-service functionality
- Ease of access
- Fully integrated student services
- The opportunity to leverage consortium resources
- Strong governance and project management to ensure the effort drives forward
- Low risk, high value
Kuali Student will drive the implementation of a flexible, adaptable
technology environment and is designed to deliver solutions and
functionality that are not available in any packaged software product.
Joining the Kuali Foundation gives the UW a voice in deciding
critical design issues so that the final product has a high probability of
meeting UW needs. This early involvement also enables the UW community
to leverage the resources of partner institutions in redesigning student
administrative processes to maximize efficiencies and flexibility. Learn more in the “UW Student System Development—Kuali Student Project” white paper from the Department of Information Services.
Is Kuali Student using Kuali Rice?
Yes, the UW is an investing partner in Rice as part of our investment
in Kuali Student, and the use of Rice is being investigated for use beyond
KS. Kuali Rice is the middleware of choice for all Kuali sponsored
projects. The Rice Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) framework provides
a level of infrastructure abstraction that allows developers to focus on
solving business problems, rather than the technology. Rice ensures a
consistent model for development. It allows for the breakdown of very
large applications into smaller application modules and services that can
easily talk to one another. Learn about
Why is the UW looking for a new student administrative system?
The UW's current student administrative system is a 26-year-old
homegrown legacy mainframe application that is inflexible
and does not collect the information critical to effective operations and
decision making. Learn about the University of Washington Strategic Roadmap for Information
Management and Administrative Systems, and specifically about the Replace the Base initiative.
A next-generation student administrative system has the potential to
substantially improve the educational quality and experience for UW
students. The new system will provide better tracking of educational
outcomes against expected performance, which will enable the UW to raise
the bar on developing new educational programs and instruction methods.
The UW's current system does not have those capabilities.
The University of Washington has made a commitment to the Kuali Student
project both in financial and human resources. The UW will do a needs
assessment in the future and evaluate whether Kuali Student will meet the
UW's future needs, prior to making a full commitment to implementation.
How will Kuali Student compare to the current Student Database (SDB) system?
The following is a look at some of the ways that Kuali Student might
improve student access to information:
- Kuali Student will eliminate the current fragmentation of student
services at the UW by integrating systems that are now separated. For
example, there currently is no single UW office that can verify all
academic certificates granted by the University, because the current UW
student system cannot store the array of certificates offered by the UW.
Kuali would bring all UW learning activity into a single common system,
including Educational Outreach, schools and colleges, all three campuses,
graduate and professional study, and certificate study.
- Kuali will provide students with improved tools for finding
courses, navigating programs of study, and seeking all varieties of
University learning opportunities. The UW's current course search tools
are less functional than most basic Web search engines. Kuali will give
students advanced search capability. In addition, Kuali will track
individual students' plans, history, and needs and present the most
relevant learning opportunities to students.
- Kuali will support distance learning, off-calendar study,
certificate study, certificate programs, continuing professional
education, and other learning types. The UW's current systems do not
support all of these types of learning activities.
- Kuali will dramatically improve the speed and efficiency of
processing students' written requests and petitions. This will be achieved
through Kuali's advanced workflow functionality. Students will get
decisions sooner, more consistently, and more accurately.
- Kuali will support innovation by allowing business owners to
contribute directly to system feature enhancements. This will allow Kuali
to respond to changing student needs and expectations.