Group Purchasing Organizations

The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) provides its member colleges access to 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 (The Coalition). The Coalition is comprised of 35 state-level associations that are dedicated to helping over 900 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:
Electronic Payments (outgoing) - Through a simple process change, Paymerang facilitates electronic payments between colleges and their vendors, employees and students. Backed by an award-winning software and network, Paymerang provides a complete accounts payable disbursement solution that includes software integration, vendor enrollment, payment process, and reconcilement. Clients import a single file of payment instructions and Paymerang executes financial transactions and delivers associated customized electronic payment details. The company partners with private colleges nationwide to quickly pay electronically without the addition of significant resources, compliance requirements, fraud detection, costs or credit limits that come from using traditional bank programs.
Electronic Payments (incoming) - Whether it's to simplify electronic billing, accept payments all over campus, offer flexible tuition payment plans, or create online storefronts, Blackboard Payments Powered by Cashnet fits your everyday campus needs and gives your students and authorized payers enhanced, flexible payment options. 
Intercollegiate Sports Insurance   - In partnership with Pan-American Life Insurance Company, the Coalition has created cost-saving initiatives that address your intercollegiate sports exposure, offered exclusively through Borden Perlman Sports. With 30 years' experience in this very specialized market, Borden Perlman Sports is uniquely positioned as the exclusive distribution partner for this initiative.
Property/Casualty/Risk Management/Cyber/Workplace Violence Insurance   Ranked as the 5th largest privately held insurance brokerage firm in the United States, IMA's Higher Education practice has a 100% success rate in driving down colleges' net cost of their Property & Casualty Insurance Program. As specialists in designing and implementing association-sponsored collaborative insurance programs, IMA has helped clients achieve an average of over 30% premium savings. In addition, IMA's clients have been able to increase limits and reduce deductibles while maintaining the flexibility to tailor programs for their institution. For colleges not yet in the program, IMA's proprietary assessment and benchmarking process will allow CFOs and Risk Managers to efficiently and effectively quantify gaps and identify opportunities for improvement.

Long Term Care Insurance - 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.

Student Health Insurance -  UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to the student insurance market, serving 390,000 students from over 400 colleges and universities every plan year. A variety of flexible options are available, including major medical plans, preventive care, and adjustments of exclusions such as suicide and drug-related accidents or sickness. All plans include benefits for ADHD, intramural and club sports and a variety of ancillary benefits designed with students in mind.

Employee Health Insurance - UnitedHealthcare offers a holistic Employee Health Care Insurance program for faculty and staff of participating institutions. It includes group medical and pharmacy, combined with a portfolio of clinical and wellness solutions, consumer tools and programs, all designed to help drive convenient affordable health care. The Coalition UnitedHealthcare program is national in scope and local in focus, with the goal of providing competitive value to each local state association while aggregating the national strength of the Coalition to benefit every participating institution. 

Employee Background  Screening  - CastleBranch provides almost two-third of colleges and universities  nationwide with a wide array of products and services. A true industry leader, CastleBranch offers technology driven background  screening solutions for your students and entire workforce, including employees, contractors, vendors, volunteers and more.

Cooperative Purchasing Contracts  - E&I is a member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative focused on education. Members have access to a diverse portfolio of competitively  awarded contracts, electronic procurement platforms and consulting services to help you reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies.

MRO & Construction Products  - As the world's most efficient supplier of OEM, MRO, and construction products, Fastenal has never wavered in their belief that great service starts with being close to their customers. Today they operate nearly 2,700 stores spanning all 50 states.

Account Payable Forensics  - Incorporating unique technology to reduce risk in the supply chain, FISCAL Technologies'  award-winning, cloud-based risk management platform is used on a continuous, preventative basis to protect vendor spend, defend against fraud, increase profitability and drive process improvement.

Auto & Home Insurance  - Liberty Mutual's  AUTO and HOME Voluntary Benefits program offers savings, service and convenience plus a significant group discount on products your employees need--auto, home and renters insurance. This no-cost, easy to administer benefit program offers a dedicated account team to implement, manage and coordinate all aspects of the program.

Lyen Crews
Executive Director
(859) 321-4810

E&I Cooperative Services

E&I Cooperative Services is the only member-owned, non-profit sourcing  cooperative exclusively focused  on serving the education community. We help our members make informed, analytics-driven decisions to capture more spend and maximize their education dollars. As a member of E&I, CICV schools have access to E&I's broad portfolio of over 125 competitively solicited contracts. E&I is your partner in procurement--we handle everything from RFP development to contract management, so you don't have to. And because education is our only focus, we are uniquely equipped with the knowledge and experience to meet the specialized needs of your institution.

Kristin Ferrufino, Sourcing Consultant

Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association (MiCTA)

Originally formed as a 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 (eVA and VASCUPP)

eVA 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.

Terri Hudgins
Account Executive
DGS - Department of Purchases & Supply
(757) 407-5315

CICV Members can also access the cooperative contracts available through VASCUPP (Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals).

WSCA-NASPO (Western States Contracting Alliance - National Association of State Procurement Officials)

WSCA-NASPO 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

OMNIA Partners

OMNIA Partners  (company formed after merger of US Communities and National  IPA) is the cooperative purchasing organization driving excellence in higher education procurement. Its unmatched breadth of best value contracts from industry-leading suppliers provides the immediate solutions colleges and universities need to meet their strategic goals.

Lisa Sloane
Regional Manager, Higher Education--Atlantic
(770) 265-0262

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