The Coalition for College Cost Savings Expands Membership

January 5, 2015

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 Private College Council ( and its affiliate, the Minnesota Private College Fund, represents seventeen private nonprofit higher education institutions, educating over 58,000 students in Minnesota.  Minnesota Private College Council’s mission is to serveits members’ shared needs and advocate for public policy.  The Minnesota Private College Fund serves their member colleges primarily by raising funds for student scholarships and the colleges’ operations.

Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities ( represents 28 not-for-profit independent colleges and universities. As the voice of Michigan’s not-for-profit institutions of higher education, MICU’s goal is to increase awareness of the impact their members have on higher education. With over 125,000 students at its institutions, Michigan independent colleges educate approximately 25 percent of all college students in the state.  MICU serves its members through government relations, public policy development and advocacy.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities ( is a statewide Association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 108 independent colleges and universities in New York State.  cIcu is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents, with a mission to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy.  cIcu member institutions educate over 470,372 students.

“The Coalition is pleased to welcome our new members”, said Harry Goldberg, President of the Coalition for College Cost Savings.  “These organizations recognize the power of collaborative programs and the benefit that Coalition membership can bring to their member institutions.”


The Coalition for College Cost Savings was formally established in 2006 on the concept that collaboration among independent colleges and universities could yield greater strength in the purchasing marketplace, benefiting its member institutions, regardless of size, mission or location, with the lowest prices for purchased commodities and the highest value in performed services. The Coalition serves as a central point of contact for the creation of these supplier relationships, program implementation planning and execution and a repository of best practice information on process efficiency. The Coalition provides programs, materials and resources necessary to support the business operation needs of its Higher Education Member Organizations and their member institutions.  The Coalition is comprised of 35 member organizations in 31 states that collectively serve 912 private colleges and over three million students across the United States.