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Membership Benefits & Fees

Membership in the UCosmic Consortium is open to institutions, associations, foundations and government agencies worldwide. Our main role is to provide collaborative channels that will increase the quality of the UCosmic open source project. If you find value in having a tool to help your university or organization achieve its global strategic planning goals, you will find value in contributing to the quality of UCosmic. Anyone who agrees to our open source license will be able to download the code at no cost, but only consortium members can contribute their ideas and other input to the official software specification.

Furthermore, only members will be provided with complete documentation and deployment support. Members will also be invited to attend annual consortium conferences and participate in exclusive online discussion groups with other international leaders and IT stakeholders. Periodic stakeholder conferences and workshops help create development priorities and assist members with their own implementations of UCosmic. All consortium members are encouraged to attend one or both meetings.

Even if your institution is building its own international data management system, there is value in joining the UCosmic Consortium. A major function of the consortium is the identification of key data and establishment of information and processing standards. These standards are essential for data interoperability across differing technical systems. By being part of the UCosmic Consortium, an institution developing its own system can ensure that it will be collecting data in a form which can be widely shared and aggregated. This will be important as US international higher education strategy becomes more sophisticated and coordinated.

Membership Fees

United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report 2007/2008, a tiered membership fee scale has been developed with variable pricing for countries deemed High HDI, Medium HDI and Low HDI.

United States, Canada, and other High HDI Countries

The UCosmic Consortium has a tiered membership fee model for institutions from the US, Canada and other High HDI countries, and fixed fees for associations, foundations, government and IT consultants.

Institution & Size Annual Fee (USD)
Single Institution with less than 10,000 Students $2,500
Single Institution with 10,000 students or more $5,000
Associations, Foundations & Government Agencies (worldwide) $7,500
System Integrators & Private Enterprise $10,000


Medium- and Low-HDI Countries

Medium HDI institutional membership fees will be assessed at a flat rate of $2,500 per year, and low HDI Institutional membership fees will be assessed at a flat rate of $1,000 per year.

UCosmic Blog

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 15:22:00 -0500

UCosmic Preview 4 was deployed to on Saturday. For this version, we have implemented 3 features that were requested using our new Feedback & Support forum at For more information on the new features and how to use them, see the homepage at the preview URL...

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Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:01:00 -0500

The third UCosmic preview has been deployed to It's taken longer than we had planned, but we also implemented more features than were planned. Here's a list of new features...

Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:23:00 -0500

UCosmic Preview 2 was deployed on Thursday, 7/14/2011. As promised, this version adds 2 new features to the Institutional Agreements module:

  1. Managing agreement hierarchies: Consortium members can now designate "umbrella" or "parent" agreements, effectively providing the ability to create agreement hierarchies. This feature is intended to model how a specific Activity Agreement falls under the governance of more general ICA or MOU.

  2. Uploading file attachments: Consortium members can also upload and attach files to new and existing agreements. Currently, the system only allows for the upload of PDF or Microsoft Word documents, and each file cannot exceed 25 megabytes in size...

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:27:00 -0500

Good news! A working UCosmic institutional agreements module has been deployed to the web and is ready for our members to begin using. I've created a screencast to demonstrate the current features and walk you through adding your first few agreements to the system. Please watch the screencast and test drive it as soon as you can...

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 19:20:00 -0500

Thanks to everyone who attended the second UCosmic stakeholder meeting for expressing your expectations of the UCosmic 2.0 project. Based on everything we learned, three key work items have been identified for the April to June backlog...

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Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:37:00 -0600

On the same day as our first UCosmic stakeholder meeting with SUNY officials, an interesting blog article showed up in my RSS reader...

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Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:31:00 -0600

The first of three UCosmic stakeholder meetings took place on Monday at the SUNY Global Center in Manhattan. Thanks to everyone involved for your valuable input...

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