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Be prepared for Administrative and Financial Reporting changes - plan to attend the Kuali Kickoff April 28

April 1, 2009

Colorado State University will undergo a monumental shift in its administrative and financial reporting systems beginning July 1, 2009. All campus staff and faculty should be aware that the current Financial Reporting System and Campus Information System will no longer exist and the university will move to a new system - Kuali - as of July 1.

This significant change affects administrative staff, faculty and principal investigators at the university.

Also beginning July 1, SciQuest will be accessed through Kuali.

Overview on April 28

It is imperative that staff and faculty are prepared for the changes the new Kuali Financial System, or KFS, will bring.

On April 28, an overview of Kuali will be held from 8:30-noon in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. All staff and faculty who will work with the new Kuali Financial System are strongly encouraged to attend the Kuali introduction event.

The schedule for the April 28 Kuali Kickoff includes:

8:30 - 9 a.m.  Opening Remarks
9-10:15 a.m.  Keynote Speaker - Bradley Wheeler
10:15-10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30-11 a.m.  Kuali Coeus Research Overview
11-11:30 a.m.  Kuali Financial System Overview
11:30-noon   Administrative Portal and Reporting

Keynote speaker Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and chief information officer of Indiana University, is co-founder of the original Kuali Project, and now chairs the Kuali Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. He is a worldwide advocate for IT leadership in higher education and had served on a number of taskforces to shape the national agenda for IT in colleges and universities.

Kuali Kickoff event poster (.pdf) 

Training dates

Upcoming Kuali training dates include (please mark the dates):

  • Tuesday, April 28
  • Wednesday, April 29
  • Friday, May 1
  • Tuesday, May 5
  • Wednesday, May 6
  • Thursday, May 7 (if needed)

Additional information regarding the specific training session details will be available soon.

Background on Kuali systems

CSU joined the Kuali Foundation in 2007, as an investing partner in the Kuali Financial and Research Administration Systems. The Kuali Foundation is a non-profit organization responsible for sustaining and evolving a comprehensive suite of administrative software that meets the needs of all Carnegie Class institutions.

The synergies inherent in Kuali Financial System and Kuali Research Administration offer functional and operational advantages not otherwise available. Additionally, the selection of Kuali will allow CSU to evolve to a state-of-the-art architecture that will make it easier to exchange detailed information with other administrative systems.

CSU joins 20 other university investing partners including Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of California-Berkeley, Davis, Irvine and Santa Barbara; Michigan State University; Florida State University; and Indiana University. Commercial affiliates include Exeter, Huron Consulting, IBM, Integral, rSmart and Syntel Inc.

Kuali began in 2004 as a cooperative effort among seven partners and a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open-source, community-owned financial system. Success with joint development of Kuali Financial System has led to three other pooled investment projects with coordination by the independent, not-for-profit Kuali Foundation, Inc. The software of Kuali projects is available to anyone under the Educational Community License for any use or modification without fee.

Partners such as CSU have influence on the future of the organization and its projects. Colleges, universities and companies become members of the foundation with membership dues paying for shared services such as quality assurance work, packaging, documentation and other work to coordinate the timely enhancement and release of quality software and other services valuable to the members.


For more information about the University’s change to KFS, please contact your Business and Financial Service Campus Service Representative.

For more information about the Kuali Kickoff, contact Troy Fluharty at (970) 491-6694.

Contact: Troy Fluharty
Phone: (970) 491-6694