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Towson University

Case Study: Improving Research Administration Efficiencies with Kuali Cloud Express

Overview

In 2012, Towson University set a strategic goal to transform all paper-based processes related to research administration and primary compliance support to an electronic format. As a primarily undergraduate institution, the central office manages approximately 400 proposals per year, but had limited capital resources, a slim training budget, and was required to use only existing staff positions to accomplish their goal.

After a formal evaluation, Towson selected Cloud Express, built on open source, community-developed Kuali Coeus software, to streamline the many tasks involved in pre-award, post-award and compliance management within a single, cloud-based system.
“Our sponsored programs office evaluated a variety of low-cost tools and utilized a combination of software programs, including an Access database and SharePoint, to transfer information electronically and track proposals. We reduced a five-day approval process to just hours, but were still missing the flexibility of a comprehensive electronic research administration solution that could take us from start to finish on a grant.”

Amy Taylor
Assistant Vice President of Research, Towson University

Challenges

In 2012, Towson University set a strategic goal to transform all paper-based processes related to research administration and primary compliance support to an electronic format. As a primarily undergraduate institution, the central office manages approximately 400 proposals per year, but had limited capital resources, a slim training budget, and was required to use only existing staff positions to accomplish their goal.

Solution

After a formal evaluation, Towson selected Cloud Express, built on open source, community-developed Kuali Coeus software, to streamline the many tasks involved in pre-award, post-award and compliance management within a single, cloud-based system.
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