The software used by PEARL began development at Florida Atlantic University. Development of the software, called PRISM, continued under the direction of Dr. Kim Bender at Colorado State University.
In the summer of 2004 a visitation team made up of members from the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies visited Colorado State University and received a demonstration of PRISM.
In 2005 Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reached a partnership agreement. PRISM was brought to UNL and was named PEARL.
In the fall of 2005 undergraduate academic programs from CEHS and CASNR began using PEARL in the assessment of student learning outcomes.
The College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts began the process of joining PEARL in the spring of 2006 and will complete their first full PEARL cycle in the fall of 2008.
The Division of Student Affairs joined PEARL in 2008 and will complete their first PEARL cycle in 2009.