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.

For complete information about Group Purchasing Organizations, please contact us.

Coalition for College Cost Savings

CICV is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings  (The Coalition). The Coalition is comprised of 31 member organizations in 29 states and serves approximately 900 higher education institutions across the United States. The Coalition is dedicated to helping private higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through participation in collaborative programs.

All CICV member colleges and universities have access to The Coalition’s national contracts and services. More information on this important benefit is HERE.

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.

(888) 964-2227

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).

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


NASPO ValuePoint is a cooperative purchasing program facilitating public procurement solicitations and agreements using a lead-state model. As a non-profit organization, NASPRO ValuePoint is dedicated to providing State Chief Procurement Officers with the support and procurement resources they need. Started in 1992, NASPO ValuePoint is the cooperative purchasing arm of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, or NASPO. NASPO is a non-profit association dedicated to strengthening the procurement community through education, research, and communication and is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territories of the United States. The NASPO purchasing officials provide leadership for professional public purchasing, improve the quality of purchasing and procurement, exchange information, and cooperate to attain greater efficiency and economy. CICV members are invited to use these contracts through CICV’s association with the VA Division of Purchase and Supply.

Lee Ann Pope
Director of Cooperative Outreach

Zac Christensen
Deputy Chief Cooperative Procurement Officer

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