Carnegie Mellon University

Modernize University Content Management System

University Communication and Marketing, and Computing Services have partnered on a project to modernize the University’s Content Management System (CMS). The goal is to migrate all existing Cascade CMS sites to Drupal. This transition will offer an easy-to-use, feature-rich content management system for university sites which is secure, branded, and kept up-to-date.

Expected Outcomes

  • Reduce overall operational costs to the university and optimize stability and site performance by attracting additional units to the centrally managed CMS service.
  • Provide more robust functionality, such as content sharing across sites, integrations, and improved baseline performance
  • Leverage the open-source Drupal development community

Timeline and Milestones

Phase 1: Design and Proof of Concept

FY21 — FY22

  • Design and configure Drupal environment
  • Develop proof of concept sites
    • Work that Matters (Nov. 2020)
    • Admissions sub-sites (March 2021)
    • Main Admissions site (Aug. 2021)


Phase 2: Plan and Pilot


  • Develop plan for site migrations
  • Migrate two pilot sites

Phase 3: Deploy and Integrate

FY24 — FY26

  • Schedule and complete site migrations
  • Explore integrations with Salesforce and Workday
  • Transition to operations with continual improvements