Kuali began in 2005 as a non-profit, open-source community initiative for developing higher education administrative systems that provided better long-term alternatives to what was available.

Founding members included Indiana University, University of Arizona, University of Hawaii, Michigan State University, San Joaquin Delta Community College, Cornell University, the National Council for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and rSmart.

In 2014, we created the Kuali company to focus efforts on accelerating software development, improving the Kuali user experience, and bringing Kuali Student, Financials, Research, and Ready to the cloud.A