Built By and For Higher Education

Reason CMS was initially created by Carleton College in 2002 and continues to be driven by members of the same community. We track developments and emerging standards in the technologies used by higher education, and prioritize efforts based on the needs of the institutions that use it.

This focus on the needs of colleges and universities distinguishes Reason from many other open source content management systems.

Some features that make Reason CMS perfect for higher education:

  • Broad collaboration: Allows collaboration on web projects between multiple site authors across campus.
  • Sharing and borrowing: Encourages sharing and borrowing of items for institution-wide use of shared resources.
  • Low barriers: Removes obstacles to publishing, since Reason focuses on informal rather than formal content review and offers the ability to publish immediately.
  • Easy to learn: Faculty and administrative staff need minimal training to use the system; little technical skill is required to be a Reason website editor.
  • Change tracking: Item history feature provides crucial rollback and auditing ability.
  • Directory integration: Core integration with LDAP/Active Directory powers automated staff and faculty listings, and allows campus-wide login to the CMS.
  • Event calendars: Powerful calendar capabilities eliminate the need to buy or integrate a separate system for public event calendars.