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A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Program Development SubCommittee.  Materials and connection details will be emailed to the committee shortly before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Contract & Program Committee.  Materials and connection details will be emailed to the committee shortly before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Audit and Finance Committee.  Materials and connection details will be emailed to the committee shortly before the meeting.

NH’s Public and Private Colleges and Universities Working Together After a wide-reaching national search among an array of candidates, Mike Vlacich has been selected to replace retiring New Hampshire College & University Council President & CEO Tom Horgan. Mr. Vlacich will begin on June 1st of this year, where he will put his extensive relationships,… View Program

Reduce Fraud Risk & Unleash the Power of Electronic Supplier Payments The number of check and ACH payment scams being reported by colleges and universities across the US continues to rise.  That’s why over half of the organizations polled by the AFP want to move to secure electronic payments—but 71% of them admit they lack the proper… View Program

E&I Cooperative Services returned more than $16 million to members in the form of rebates in 2016, and membership reached an all-time high of 4,100, according to a report disclosed at the Cooperative’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. E&I posted a number of other notable 2016 achievements: Member purchases exceeded $2.7 billion – nearly $90 million over… View Program

Cost savings is not a priority for procurement leaders at US schools, according to survey results Only 36% of procurement staff at American universities and colleges are very confident that they will achieve their savings target this year, according to an extensive survey of procurement professionals at higher education institutions by Rosslyn Data Technologies.  The… View Program

A letter from our contract supplier partner: Today marks a special day in The Payments Company’s history. The Payments Company is now Paymerang. We started out in 2010 with just a handful of local clients and one goal: to help companies pay vendors electronically. Since then, we’ve grown to serve clients across the US who… View Program

A Coalition contract supplier, AP Advantage, has been nominated for the Institute of Finance & Management’s (IOFM) Game Changer Award!  This award program recognizes the top 5 companies with solutions that provide value to finance professionals.  The Game Changer Awards showcase companies that provide the most productive and effective technologies and meet the highest standards of… View Program

JERICHO, N.Y. – E&I Cooperative members can now take advantage of new competitively awarded contracts with Canteen, Chartwells, and Levy Restaurants. Each of these companies is a division of Compass Group – the world’s largest foodservice company.  Canteen contract offers self-checkout micro-market solutions With over 200 locations in 48 states, Canteen provides snacks, drinks, fresh food,… View Program

Kristen Grainger, former director of communications for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, has been selected to lead the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities effective January 17, 2017. “We are excited to welcome Kristen Grainger to lead The Alliance,” said Alliance Board of Trustees Chair Merrit Quarum, CEO of Qmedtrix Systems, Inc. “Her wealth of knowledge… View Program

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York welcomes Mary Beth Labate as its eighth chief executive effective January 3, 2017. Ms. Labate succeeds Laura L. Anglin, CICU’s most recent president. As president of CICU, Ms. Labate will be responsible for leading the organization’s state public policy advocacy, regulatory coordination and pre-college outreach… View Program

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Program Development SubCommittee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Executive Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Contract & Program Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Audit & Finance Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Program Development SubCommittee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Contract & Program Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Audit & Finance Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Coalition’s auditors.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committees at least one week before the meeting.

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A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Program Development SubCommittee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Contract & Program Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

JERICHO, N.Y. – E&I Cooperative members can now take advantage of three competitively awarded contracts with Pitney Bowes, a global technology company crafting innovative products and solutions in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce.  E&I’s Pitney Bowes contracts service three unique areas: mail and sortation services,… View Program

This meeting will be held by webinar. A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Board of Directors and their Proxies.  An agenda, meeting materials and webinar details will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

ClientLynn University, Boca Raton, Florida Modules Implemented  eBill, ePayment, Full Service Payment Plans, eMarket, SmartPay, Mobile Payments App   The relationship between Lynn University and CASHNet was born in 2008. “It was a time when everyone was starting online payments, especially universities,” says Maria Piret, director of information systems at Lynn University. PCI compliance was… View Program

October is National Cooperative Month and E&I is celebrating – along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide – by recognizing the many ways “Cooperatives Build” trust, stronger communities, more resilient economies, and a better world.   A Lesson on Cooperatives Cooperatives are businesses that are owned and governed by their members, the… View Program

Beginning to use E&I contracts is a simple process that requires the completion of two short online forms: A Membership Application (this allows you to become an E&I Member) A Member Registration (this allows you to view the “Members Only” areas of the E&I website, which contains E&I’s proprietary contract information)   How to complete… View Program

It’s upgraded. It’s streamlined. It’s finally here. Say hello to the new Eandi.org! Remember, you’ll have to register again, even if you have a username and password for the old site. Don’t worry though. We’ve made the process as simple and quick as possible! We hope you’re as excited about the improved user-experience as we… View Program

Working with over 600 schools nationwide puts First American Education Finance in a unique position to share observations and growing trends in how schools are addressing these current challenges. See their insights for FY16 – 17 below or click here to download the PDF. The 5 Trends  Modernizing Existing Facilities Reprioritizing Sustainability Investing in Campus Security Implementing Emerging… View Program

It is our pleasure to announce that Mr. Lyen Crews, CPA, CGMA, has joined the Coalition for College Cost Savings as Executive Director.  Lyen comes to the Coalition with a wealth of professional experience, including tenure as CFO for two Coalition member colleges.  He will manage Coalition operations, strategic priorities, member participation and vendor relations. … View Program

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Audit & Finance Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

A calendar item for this meeting has been emailed to the Executive Committee.  Meeting materials will be emailed to the committee at least one week before the meeting.

After an extensive nationwide search, Bill Spiker has been named the seventh president of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). Spiker will succeed Gordon R. Brollier, who earlier this year announced his plan to retire after 25 years of service. “Bill’s knowledge of higher education, extensive and successful fundraising experience, and passion for the values found… View Program

Principal Financial Group has notified the Coalition that they are not renewing their contract with us for Life, Disability, Vision and Dental insurance when it expires on August 1st.  According to reporting provided by Principal, only three schools participated in the program.  The Coalition’s Higher Education Member Organizations who have these schools as members have… View Program

On June 14, the Coalition for College Cost Savings held  a 30-minute webinar providing a guided tour of the company’s website. Attendance was high, but we’ve had some requests for a second webinar for those who missed the first one. Please keep your eye out for an email invitation for a repeat webinar in the future.

E&I Cooperative announce a new contract with a trusted E&I Business Partner – PPG Paints. The new E&I PPG Paints contract includes more products, services and locations than ever before. Contract Enhancements: Enhanced value of a full range of architectural paints and coatings, industrial coatings, stains and sundries A dedicated team for on-site consultation and guidance in painting… View Program

E&I Cooperative Services returned more than $25 million to members in the form of rebates in 2015, and approved another $3.5 million to be returned in the form of patronage refunds, according to a report disclosed at the Cooperative’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. E&I posted a number of other notable 2015 achievements: Member purchases exceeded $2.5… View Program

Tuesday, June 14, 2:00-2:30 pm Eastern The Coalition for College Cost Savings invites higher education member organizations to a 30-minute webinar providing a guided tour of the company’s website. Jessie Werner, Communication and Programs Director, will walk you through the public side of the site, as well as the Members Only side.  Q&A and discussion will be… View Program

E&I Cooperative Services’ member-driven competitive solicitation process has been reviewed and validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards used by most public agencies across the United States. NIGP evaluation of the Cooperative’s competitive RFP process was based upon a number of criteria including: analysis of procedures and… View Program

In the Coalition’s latest audit, which is indicative of prior year’s audits, our auditor Glaser and Company reported that the Coalition’s financial statements resulted in a clean opinion, with the highest level of assurance.  Several details that reflected positively on the financial management practices of the Coalition were highlighted, including segregation of duties despite a… View Program

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT – Last year saw a grass roots effort among some of the Coalition’s members and a number of independent colleges and universities to counter the rising costs associated with ERP system software and maintenance expense.  Starting with an idea that grew out of Centre College in Kentucky, the grass roots effort… View Program

New Science Center Highlights Passion to Invest in the Future Located outside of Boston, a private college known for delivering career-focused programs had a dedicated focus on the sciences. To stay relevant in a competitive market and invest in this area, it decided to take these programs to the next level by adding new academic… View Program

During the months of March and April, the Coalition has collaborated with AP Advantage to present webinars to individual state associations. These webinars focus on Coalition programs that help colleges and universities automate and streamline processes, improve efficiency and reduce the cost of delivering education. The main focus of the webinar is one contract in… View Program

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Visitors to the CertifiedBackground site are now being redirected to CastleBranch.com.  They anticipate the experience to be seamless. Here’s what you can expect: For administrators, you will be automatically redirected to CastleBranch.com. Simply click SIGN IN on the home page, enter your same username and password and use the system as before. For students, applicants… View Program

Did you know  . . .  you can register your Higher Education Member Organization as an E&I member at no cost?  Use this link to directly access the E&I Contract Patron application: http://www.eandi.org/vendorapps/application_cp.aspx.  Please type ‘CCCS’ in the form’s referral section.  Not only does that get you on the E&I communication list, but your Higher Education Member Organization can… View Program

Using a Shared Savings Model to Fund Energy Efficiency Upgrades Adelphi University, located in Garden City, New York, is a member of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu). The university recently implemented a new co-generation central heating plant that would reduce their kilowatt usage by 41%. They turned to Ecosystem Energy Services to… View Program

With the new year came several new faces in collaborative services among the Coalition’s higher education member organizations. We are pleased to welcome these individuals to join us in our shared goals of leveraging the collective buying power of private colleges towards reducing operating costs, improving the efficiency of internal procedures and ultimately lowering the cost… View Program

E&I Member Webinar, presented by Procurex, Inc. and PRX Energy: Competitive Energy Procurement –  Expert Insights & Best Practices.   REGISTER NOW     REGISTER NOW  

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT FROM RICHMOND, VA – The Coalition met with The Payments Company CEO Steve Winston and Brian Cook, Senior Vice President for Higher Education, to review the AP Advantage program. One of the Coalition’s fastest growing programs, 21 institutions are now on board and experiencing solid benefits, and more are in the pipeline…. View Program

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The 2016 Annual Coalition Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, November 14th and Tuesday, November 15th at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC.  We will have a Welcome Reception on Monday evening and our Board Meeting on Tuesday. Location Washington Court Hotel 525 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 202-628-2100 800-321-3010 (Reservations) 202-879-7993… View Program

The Board of Directors for the Coalition for College Cost Savings voted at the November Board Meeting to appoint Matt Lindsey to serve as Executive Secretary.  His term began on January 1, 2016 and runs through the end of 2017. Matt Lindsey is the President of the Kansas Independent College Association & Fund where he… View Program

A Coalition partner, HESS Consortium, was recently featured in an article by Inside Higher Ed, titled Boosting Buying Power: Dozens of private colleges are banding together in a consortium to score better deals on the software that forms the backbone of their administrative services. The members of the Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium, also… View Program

 PORTLAND, Ore. — Ron Saxton, one of Oregon’s most respected business, civic and educational leaders, is the new president of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (The Alliance).  He succeeds Larry Large who retired at the end of December. “Ron Saxton has a long and distinguished legal and business career,” said The Alliance Search Committee Chair Lesley Hallick,… View Program

NEW HAVEN, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Higher One Holdings, Inc. (ONE), today, announced that it reached an agreement to sell substantially all of the assets and certain of the liabilities of its Disbursements business, including the OneAccount, to one of its bank partners, Customers Bank and its parent company, Customers Bancorp, Inc., (CUBI) for a gross purchase price of $37… View Program

E&I’s competitively awarded VWR says thank you with a special opportunity. The agreement offers you access to the complete VWR product line, specialized contract pricing, free ground shipping, and next-day delivery options.     If your institution is not currently utilizing the VWR contract, sign up today by submitting the Core Participation LOP. If you… View Program

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The Rosslyn Analytics’ cloud-based spend analytics solution, delivered via E&I Consulting Group, provides a comprehensive spend analytics platform that contains all of the spend data and self-services tools procurement needs to effectively extract, analyze, report, and manage detailed spend data – so that it is fully actionable in driving institutional decision making around their entire purchasing process. … View Program

Mundelein, Ill. – Medline Industries, Inc., a global medical supplies manufacturer and distributor, was recently awarded a five-year group purchasing agreement with E&I Cooperative Services, a not-for-profit sourcing cooperative that delivers expertise, solutions and services to higher education and related institutions.  The contract is expected to deliver competitive pricing and significant savings on more than 350,000 products within Medline’s portfolio… View Program

Jericho, NY – Drexel University has selected the partnership of E&I Consulting Group and Rosslyn Analytics to deliver new spend analytics capabilities to help transform and financially strengthen the institution for the future. “Procurement plays an increasingly vital role in the transformation of higher education business operations,” stated Stephen Mack, Associate Vice President, Procurement Services,… View Program

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT – The Coalition for College Cost Savings was recently invited to present at the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (www.icuf.org) CFO/CIO Forum. The meeting was held in Boca Raton, FL, hosted by Lynn University. The conference focused on CFO and CIO issues and opportunities for ICUF member schools. A… View Program

Coalition member schools receive free access to the First American Education Finance CustomerConnect™ platform. CustomerConnect is a secure online asset management reporting solution that allows your campus to conveniently track leases and leased equipment 24 x 7. CustomerConnect is available on the web, on an iPad which is supplied free of charge by First American,… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – The Coalition for College Cost Savings is pleased to announce New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) as its newest member. The New Hampshire College & University Council represents 22 colleges and universities. These institutions are highly regarded for their outstanding teaching, research, and community service activities. They serve as major centers of… View Program

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT  –  It will come as no surprise to you that healthcare premiums will continue to rise into 2016, with claim trends exceeding general inflation for at least the next 18 months.1  Now is a great time for your member schools to leverage the buying power of the Coalition’s Employee Health… View Program

Johns Island, S.C. – The Coalition for College Cost Savings, a national member-owned non-profit organization consisting of nearly 900 private colleges across 30 states, announced a renewed partnership with Higher One, a leading provider of financial services and data analytics to more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the U.S. Higher One will continue to provide… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C.  – The Coalition for College Cost Savings and First American Education Finance announced today that they have renewed their contract to provide project based financing solutions to association member schools. With this contract renewal, the Coalition and First American Education Finance are working together to help schools address funding needs for various… View Program

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT  –  The US Department of Education formally posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Title IV Cash Management, which can be viewed at the Federal Register’s website. The Coalition’s partner, Higher One, has reviewed these rules in detail to understand the potential impact they may have on disbursement services for institutions… View Program

JERICHO, N.Y. – E&I Cooperative Services is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors: Bill Dillon and Kevin Maloney. Bill Dillon currently serves as Executive Vice President of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Before joining NACUBO in 2004, Bill served as a business officer at Carnegie Mellon… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – The Coalition for College Cost Savings and CertifiedBackground announced today that their agreement for student and workforce background checks has been extended. The renewed contract now offers state-specific sales consultants, a more reader-friendly quote format, and better pricing to Coalition member’s schools. Harry Goldberg, President of The Coalition for College Cost… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – The Coalition for College Cost Savings and the Fastenal Company announced today that their agreement for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) materials has been extended for an additional 3 years. The renewed contract now offers Fastenal’s recently awarded TCPN pricing to Coalition member’s schools. Fastenal’s competitively awarded contract with The Cooperative… View Program

JERICHO, N.Y. – E&I members now have access to a new competitively awarded agreement for office products, supplies and solutions from Staples Advantage, the business to business division of Staples. Staples Advantage will help members save on office products, furniture and related services, technology products and services, facilities products and services, print products and services, breakroom… View Program

JERICHO, N.Y. – E&I Cooperative Services returned more than $18 million to members in the form of rebates in 2014, and approved another $3.5 million to be returned in the form of patronage refunds, according to a report disclosed at the Cooperative’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. E&I posted a number of other notable 2014 achievements:  Membership reached… View Program

JERICHO, N.Y. — E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) has honored the outstanding achievements of its business partners with the presentation of its annual Business Partner Awards. The awards were presented to business partners who—through their dedication to excellence, continuous improvement, and innovative practices—deliver world‐class service to E&I’s membership community. The award winners are as follows: Foundation… View Program

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT  –  I recently visited the offices of Coalition program partner Certifiedbackground.com.  They are located in Wilmington, NC, adjacent to NCICU member University of Mount Olive at Wilmington.  A division of Castle Branch, they have developed a higher education-centric business model.  Many of our HEMOs’ schools use Certifiedbackground.com for background checks… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – Richard Ludwick, President and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, has been elected Board Chair of the Coalition for College Cost Savings.  Dr. Ludwick has served as president and CEO of the Independent Colleges of Indiana since June 2010.  As Board Chair, Richard will provide leadership and guidance to fellow… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – The Coalition for College Cost Savings is pleased to announce that membership continues to expand, with the addition of three new member Associations.  The Coalition welcomes the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC), Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities (MICU), and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York. The Minnesota… View Program

Johns Island, SC – The Coalition for College Cost Savings (“Coalition”) announced today that The Payments Company has been awarded a contract to provide ePayables technology and services to Coalition members and their member institutions. The Coalition’s Higher Education Member Organizations and their member colleges and universities now have access to AP Advantage™ from The Payments… View Program

Johns Island, SC – The Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) welcomes The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) as a new member.  The Coalition is now comprised of 32 member organizations in 29 states that collectively serve more than 784 private colleges and nearly two million students across the United States. WAICU has… View Program

The Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) welcomes the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) as a new member.  The Coalition is now comprised of 32 member organizations in 29 states that collectively serve more than 784 private colleges and nearly two million students across the United States. The Association of Independent… View Program

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — The Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) announced today that E&I Cooperative Services (E&I) has been exclusively awarded the contract to provide Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Services to CCCS members and their member institutions. The E&I agreement brings over 100 competitively bid contracts in key categories, including Facilities, Furniture/Furnishings, Technology and… View Program

NASHVILLE, T.N. – The Coalition for College Cost Savings (CCCS) today announced a successful culmination to its presidential search, naming Harry Goldberg as president. Goldberg brings significant business experience and knowledge of higher education to this position. Prior to joining CCCS, Goldberg served in the roles of vice president of business development, marketing and customer success… View Program