Group Purchasing Organizations
The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) provides its member colleges access to hundreds of discounted purchasing opportunities through its association with several group purchasing organizations:
Coalition for College Cost Savings
CICV is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS). CCCS is a group purchasing coalition comprised of 31 non-profit higher education member organizations dedicated to helping 767 non-profit higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration. Through this organization, CICV is able to offer its members access to collaborative programs, such as:
AffinityLTC has negotiated a Best in Class employee Long Term Care Insurance benefit that can be offered on a voluntary or employer paid basis at little to no cost to your institution. The Group Long Term Care Insurance program available from Genworth offers Coalition member organizations and their member institutions excellent features and underwriting processes for the campus faculty and staff planning ahead to protect their retirement savings from unexpected health events.
Aon WorldAware -
a single technology platform which provides a structured approach to safely managing the international travel of your students, faculty and staff.
AP Advantage - The Payments Company (TPC) facilitates electronic payments between colleges and their vendors. Backed by its award winning software and network, AP Advantage
TPC provides a complete accounts payable disbursement solution that includes software integration, vendor enrollment, payment processing, and reconcilement. The company partners with private colleges nationwide to implement traditional ePayments without the addition of significant resources, costs or credit limits.
CastleBranch.com (formerly CertifiedBackground.com)
- a nationwide provider of Background Screening Services
for colleges and universities.
E&I - a member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative delivering expertise, solutions and services to higher education and related institutions.
Fastenal Company -
the fastest growing full-line Maintenance, Repair and Operation supplier (MRO) and the largest fastener distributor in the nation.
First American Education Finance - provides Leasing and Asset Management Services
to institutions for a wide range of their technology and equipment.
Director of Programs and Communication
CICV Director of Business Operations
Higher One Payments, Inc. -
a fully PCI certified payment processing company in higher education.
Nelnet Business Solutions Inc. - a major national provider of
Campus Commerce and Payment Solutions
to the higher education market.
Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association (MiCTA)
Originally formed as professional organization among
Michigan’s public universities, MiCTA provides group purchasing programs, monitors
telecommunications and technology legislation and informs its membership of
events which may affect them. The current CenturyLink telecommunications agreement used by CICV schools is managed by MiCTA. MiCTA offers many other group purchasing opportunities in the areas of communications and technology.
Virginia Division of Purchases and Supply
is the Commonwealth's procurement system and allows CICV members full access to
initiate vendor search reports, advertise proposals and bids, initiate eVA Quick Quotes, utilize state contracts, maintain electronic order tracking, and much more free of charge. CICV schools have a dedicated Account Executive to provide training and assistance with the eVA procurement system.
DGS - Department of Purchases & Supply
(Western States Contracting Alliance - National Association of State Procurement Officials)
represents a unified, nationally-focused cooperative purchasing program that leverages the collective expertise and experience of WSCA and NASPO, aggregates the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five organized territories, and their political subdivisions and other eligible entities, and helps spur innovation and competition in the marketplace.
The 60+ contracts available through WSCA-NASPO benefit countless public entities including states, cities, counties, and higher education institutions. CICV members have been invited to use these contracts through CICV's association with the VA Division of Purchase and Supply.
Paul Stembler, Coorperative Development Coordinator
National IPA, A Provista Company
National IPA helps thousands of colleges and universities across the country reduce and control their operational costs while streamlining the procurement process. As one of the nation's largest group purchasing organizations, they offer the most comprehensive, competitive portfolio of products and services to support every area of your school: student health services, dining services, facilities management and business products and services.
Mid-Atlantic Manager, Higher Education