In some cases, NCICU has negotiated purchasing agreements directly with businesses on behalf of its colleges and universities. Under the terms of these agreements, campuses are able to purchase products and services at discounted prices. In addition, most of these agreements provide a small compensation to NCICU for the purpose of sustaining the Collaboration Initiative. A short summary of each directly negotiated contract is shown below, along with contact instructions.
This information can also be accessed through the Campus Buyers Guide.
Acadeum has a network of colleges and universities committed to sharing high-quality online courses to improve student success. Together, we are unlocking the collective potential of institutions to ensure that all learners have access to the courses they need at the time they need them.
More than 250 colleges and universities now use Acadeum Course Share to improve student retention and completion while increasing institutional revenue.
A+ Moving and Storage is a locally family owned and operated full service moving and storage company that will be able to accommodate moves in-state or out-of-state. We offer free estimates for moving and will provide exceptional customer service to guide through the entire move process.
Contact: Ericka Peterson
Adobe CLP Student Licensing Agreement allows students, faculty and staff to purchase Adobe products such as Creative Suite 3 and Adobe Studio 8 at prices that are almost half of the academic boxed product retail price.
Contact: Mike Brown
Phone: 877-999-9294 x103
AED Superstore is the world’s largest distributor of AEDs, AED accessories, CPR training products, First Aid products, EMS Responder supplies, AHA AED/CPR training & AED Program Management. As a large reseller of first-responder and lay-responder products, we strive to offer the largest array of products to our customers related to their needs and pride ourselves on bringing them the highest level of customer service.
Contact: Any AED representative
AT&T Mobility and NCICU have an agreement that provides discounts on wireless service, equipment and accessories for faculty, staff and students. Participating institutions are issued two Foundation Account Numbers (FANs), one for employees and one for students. A specific website is set up for each FAN. Faculty, staff and students must use a college email address when ordering online or a college ID when purchasing in a retail store.
Contact: Steve Blow
Brander Group has a full service to help higher education identify their IP addresses, re-address the IPv4 to more efficient usage, clean blacklisted IPs, quantify the value, and safely sell IPv4 to qualified clients who want to buy IP addresses. As a special to all NCICU institutions, Brander Group offers a discount on their services at a fixed 5% commission for their sale of IP assets. As an added bonus, they offer a platform called IPv4Connect to help market to those looking to buy IP addresses all over the world.
Contact: Jake Iskhakov
Phone: 702.569.5616, ext. 700
Maintaining a retirement plan that is in compliance with changing regulatory and financial requirements is a challenging task for any institution. As one of the largest higher education retirement consultants in the country, we offer actuarial, administration and advisory services, and have the knowledge and experience needed to help you with your plan needs. CBIZ Retirement Plan Services’ comprehensive service model helps schools manage the risks associated with sponsoring a plan, including fiduciary governance, investments, fees, compliance and participant education.
NCICU recently hosted a webinar presented by CBIZ. The slides can be downloaded here.
CDW Government (CDW-G) provides NCICU colleges and universities access to discounts on a variety of hardware, software and peripheral products. CDW-G will create a website for each institution with information on NCICU pricing, product information, purchasing history, quotes and order status information, as well as customized access to the CDW-G account team.
Contact: Rob Corder
CITI Program is a leading provider of research ethics and compliance education. We offer an easy to manage, turnkey solution that organizations can use to train entire groups of researchers affordably. Core subjects include Human Subjects Research, Good Clinical Practice and Responsible Conduct of Research, and much more. Our web-based training materials are developed by experts, rigorously peer-reviewed, and serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world.
CITI Program is pleased to offer a discount on the annual organizational subscription fee to NCICU member colleges. Please contact our Director of Sales to learn more:
College Foundation, Inc. and NCICU developed the College Funds Installment (CFI) Payment Plan that allows students and families to make interest-free monthly installment payments to cover college expenses. There is a low annual enrollment fee.
Contact: Laura Morgan
DeWeese Grove and Associates
DeWeese Grove and Associates has a unique system for helping nonprofit institutions to capture the maximum refund from sales and use taxes. This service is offered on a contingency fee basis, calculated on a percentage of actual additional refund dollars captured for the institution. NCICU has negotiated a very favorable rate.
Contact: Bruce DeWeese, Mike Grove
Address: P.O. Box 443, Canton NC 28716
Phone: 828.674.7350, 828.674.1444
Email: Bruce_DeWeese@att.net, Mike@deweese-Grove.com
Title IX. Each member of Diligence, LLC has fresh Title IX training. Our three retired federal judges provide fair adjudication services,
Vetting. We verify every representation on a candidate/s CV or allied documents. We conduct a proprietary social media scan; we analyze all available financial and criminal records.
Investigations. We provide confidential, in-depth fact-findings and assessments.
Training. We provide in-person/on-demand digital training in response to any federal or state law.
CONTACTS: Judge Bruce Tucker Smith (Ret.) / Margaret L. Currin, Esq.
Founded in 2001, DocuSource is a leader in digital print, bindery and supporting creative and logistics services in the Research Triangle NC marketplace. The Entrepreneurial leadership of DocuSource over the last 16 years has been focused on listening to its clients, broadening its employees’ skill sets, constantly applying technology to digital print, and adhering to its ever-growing philanthropic commitment in the local community. DocuSource serves the needs of its 363 customers with a team of 40 professionals from its 25,000-square-foot facility in Morrisville, NC.
CONTACTS: Brian Farrell and Dana Dorroh
Elinvar is an executive search firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina that has a track record of success serving NC higher education institutions. The firm is also a long-time supporter of North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, serving on the ICFNC board, supporting the scholarship program and the Ethics Bowl.
Elinvar provides their executive search, executive coaching and leadership development services to you with the added benefit of providing a 10% discount to our members.
In addition to having outstanding references from two of NCICU members, the Elinvar team has a group of consultants with experience working in higher education as well as serving higher education clients.
CONTACT: Patti Gillenwater
EnviroSafe, Inc. is a professional Crisis and Risk Management firm that offers a variety of comprehensive emergency preparedness and safety services to clients in the public and private sectors. EnviroSafe was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Burlington, NC. EnviroSafe services are based on industry best practices and expert staff knowledge of crisis and risk management services specific to Higher Education entities. EnviroSafe provides services in over 32 states and seven Canadian provinces.
Contact: Gregory Grayson
Eric Ryan Corporation reviews telecommunications billings to uncover errors on past billings that may result in refunds, credits or potential future savings. The work is done on a contingency fee basis. NCICU has negotiated a very favorable fee rate. They have also agreed to provide similar utility review services on the same fee schedule.
Contact: Matthew Blinn
First American Education Finance provides NCICU institutions with customized financing solutions at preferred rates. For more than 20 years, First American has served the needs of the education community helping more than 700 schools deliver the best education possible to their students. Our unique financing solutions solve school challenges from complex campus projects to equipment management – all through a simple and transparent experience.
Products & Services:
- Asset Renewal Financing Programs
- Campus Improvement Financing Programs
- Purchasing Card Programs
Contact: Todd Benson
Supplies procurement can be complicated with the wrong partner. FSIoffice works hard every day to deliver your office supply solutions as straightforward and unchallenging as possible… which makes us the right partner. As woman-owned, North Carolina-based company, we have grown by caring for higher education customers like you in ways that are as simple as doing what we say we will do and as complex as offering custom supply solutions that are as unique as each member campus of the NCICU.
We have been recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Greater Women’s Business Council, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
This certification confirms all the hard work FSIoffice has put into delivering outstanding service on large contracts with governmental agencies and educational institutions that are required to show diversity in their procurement practices. Find out more at FSIoffice.com.
Contact: Janet Blanford
Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, Inc.
Gallagher’s Higher Education Practice is a leading provider of insurance and risk management solutions for colleges and universities. We provide employee benefits., student health/accident and Property & Casualty brokerage services to over 1,100 institutions worldwide. Our 325+ professionals focus on protecting our clients’ reputation and minimizing their long-term cost of risk. To this end, our Practice has developed a number of proprietary products specifically designed for higher education.
Contact: Rustin Godfrey
GDS Transnational and NCICU are partners in an agreement that allows member institutions discounted pricing on antivirus software. The software safeguards servers, workstations, laptops and other mobile devices from viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, crimeware, hacker attacks, phishing and spam. The software is designed to run in a multi-platform and multi-operating system environment.
Contact: Ed Johnson
Phone: (855) 946-4378 ext. 700
Inside Higher Ed is the largest online publication and recruitment platform focused on higher education. Whether you are recruiting top-tier, diverse talent for your faculty and staff, or looking to stay on top of the latest in industry trends and news Inside Higher Ed has the resources you need.
Contact: Andrew Leser
JPMorgan Chase & Co. provides a procurement card program for NCICU institutions. The P-card is a MasterCard product that uses Smart Data Online, a web-based reporting and approval software that allows card users and supervisors to manage all aspects of purchasing activities. Sixteen state associations like NCICU currently participate in the JPMorgan Chase P-card program. The collective spend volume across all states is used to calculate annual rebate dollars to participating institutions.
Contact: Ebony Grundy
Microsoft EES Agreement is a one-year renewable contract that provides NCICU institutions access to deeply discounted pricing on Microsoft products. Pricing is based on the number of faculty and staff at the institution. Participants are able to perform unlimited installations of specified Microsoft software on computers that are owned by the institution and used exclusively by faculty and staff. With “Take Home Rights,” faculty and staff may use the software off campus as long as the software will be used for the purpose of work.
Contact: Mike Brown
Phone: 877-999-9294 x103
Microsoft Student, Faculty and Staff Select Agreement allows students, faculty and staff at all NCICU member institutions to obtain Microsoft software legally at deeply discounted prices. Institutions do not have to be part of the Microsoft EES Agreement to have access to this program. By actively promoting this through program materials in orientation packets or other direct mailings, institutions can provide a valuable service to the campus community.
Contact: Mike Brown
Phone: 877-999-9294 x103
National Utility Review –
National Utility Review is a national firm with headquarters in Greensboro, NC that provides off-site and no risk invoice and contract auditing services for utilities (electric, gas, water), telecommunications (local, long distance, cellular, internet) and waste. National Utility Review is paid for services only if your campus has savings or refunds and is not paid until after your campus has realized the savings or refunds.
The most current month’s invoice is all that is needed from your campus for the utility review. If your campus is paying too much and/or if your campus is due a refund, National Utility Review is able to help. Start realizing these extra savings today! http://www.nationalutilityreview.com
Contact: Chris Leng
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 39506, Greensboro, NC 27438
NCICU Tuition Exchange entitles certified dependents of college employees to attend school tuition-free at any of the 21 NCICU participating colleges and universities. Dependents are certified using the same criteria used to determine tuition-free status at the “home” institution. Dependents apply to their chosen institution in the normal manner and are subject to the normal admissions process of that institution.
Contact: Hope Williams
In an effort to reduce fixed cost and improve the bottom line, many colleges and universities are looking at energy efficiency as a solution. NetZero USA’s Schools & Universities Lighting Division has become one of the largest retrofit and conversion companies in the country by being both a manufacturer and a technology neutral integrator, bringing the most aggressive and advanced LED lighting technologies to a facility. Our in-depth audits will determine what the best options are for a facility as well as identify utility and tax incentive opportunities.
Contact: Randy Varner
Phone: 704.209.7588 x300
SchoolDude is a web-based operations management company providing solutions for work order processing, IT asset management, technology incident management, utility tracking, preventive maintenance, capital planning, inventory management, facility usage scheduling and trip management. NCICU institutions can purchase SchoolDude applications at a discount off the annual fee for applications and on related one-time training and startup fees. Pricing is based on enrollment.
Contact: Rachael Buchanan
SecurEdge helps colleges and universities solve their WiFi challenges by providing expert engineering services, innovative software, and customized turnkey bundles. We fix WiFi problems, make WiFi intelligent, and make WiFi easier than ever before.
Contact: Skye Jaundoo
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, has contracted with NCICU to provide its entire line of office and facilities supplies, furniture and equipment to NC Independent Colleges at substantially reduced prices. The agreement includes quick, FREE delivery and rewards each college and university with purchase volume rebates based up the total spend of all participating institutions.
Contact: Mitchell Smith
ThankView makes connecting with donors, alumni and prospective students sincere through personalized video. Easily thank hundreds of donors within minutes of their donation using our simple, fully brandable platform. Track open rates, views and engagement with metrics that can easily feed into your existing databases. Hundreds of schools are already finding out how easy and accessible video can be using ThankView.
Contact: JD Beebe
Transact Campus Inc. provides NCICU campuses with an enabling agreement (pre-negotiated master terms) and aggressive year-one discounts on hardware and software for: securing campuses with access control and video surveillance; giving campuses the convenience of a true cashless environment; tracking attendance in the classroom; facilitating the delivery of financial aid and campus tuition and payments; and offering students a secure and easy way to make purchases on and off-campus using just their ID card or mobile credential. Our unified credential methodology includes using the ID card, mobile phone, and biometrics. Over 65% of all NCICU campuses use Blackboard Transact.
UnitedHealthcare StudentResources provides affordable student health plans to North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities. Focusing on “student health” and not “student health insurance,” most plans are based around campus student health centers in order to keep costs at a minimum.
Contact: Matt Brinson