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 (CCCS). CCCS is a group purchasing coalition comprised of 33 non-profit higher education member organizations dedicated to helping nearly 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:
AffinityLTC - 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.
CashNet - A dynamic payment platform for your campus that offers students services to help improve the campus payment experience. (formerly - 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.

Nelnet Business Solutions Inc. - a major national provider of Campus Commerce and Payment Solutions to the higher education market.

Pan-American Life Insurance Group  - Pan-American Life Insurance Group offers three Accident Insurance Programs discounted exclusively for member institutions: Travel Medical & Accident Coverage Abroad, Intercollegiate Sports, and Mandatory Student, Faculty, and Staff Accident coverages. These easy to administer programs include a dedicated team ready to implement, manage, and coordinate all services.

Paymerang (formerly AP Advantage) - Paymerang facilitates electronic payments between colleges and their vendors. Backed by an award-winning software and network, Paymerang provides a complete accounts payable disbursement solution that includes software integration, vendor enrollment, payment processing, and reconcilement.

Lyen Crews
Executive Director
(859) 321-4810

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

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.

Lisa Fleischman
Mid-Atlantic Manager, Higher Education

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