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.

Direct Contract Affiliates

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.

Contact: Jack Falks

Phone: 979-255-2421

Email: [email protected]

Website: acadeum.com

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

Phone: 910-485-4400

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.localmovinginc.com

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

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scholarbuys.com

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

Phone: 800-544-0048

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.aedsuperstore.com

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

Phone: 919-272-6330

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.wireless.att.com

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

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.brandergroup.net

CampusLogic helps schools change lives by delivering the first—and only—Student Financial Success platform that includes a net price calculator, complete scholarship management, personalized digital communications, simplified financial aid verification, 24×7 multilingual virtual advising, tuition and scholarship crowdfunding, and integrated data visualizations. Through our easy, mobile and personalized platform, millions of students enjoy a simplified financial success journey, resulting in increased enrollment, better informed borrowing, and improved retention. For more information, visit campuslogic.com.

Contact: Seth Ketcham

Phone: 602-643-1300

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://campuslogic.com

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.

Contact: Karen Roberts

Phone: 407.377.2123

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.cbiz.com/retirement

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

Phone: 877-465-3212

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.cdwg.com

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:

Contact: Gina Sullivan

Phone: 305-907-3375

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.citiprogram.org

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

Phone: 919-835-2322

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.cfi.org

Coursedog is a next-generation operating system for Higher Education. Our mission is to empower Higher Education to innovate and drive student success. Today we support more than 70 institutions, many of which reside in North Carolina like Methodist University, Blue Ridge Community College, and North Carolina Wesleyan College, to streamline course scheduling, curriculum, catalog and event management in a single integrated platform. Our modern system helps colleges build schedules that increase degree velocity, optimize resources, eliminate consuming, error-prone manual data entry, and provides actionable insights to improve student outcomes.

Contact: Zach Drollinger

Phone: 913.565.2513

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.coursedog.com

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: Address: P.O. Box 443, Canton NC 28716

Phone: 828.674.7350, 828.674.1444

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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.

Contact: Dana Dorroh

Phone: 919.459.5900

Fax: 919.467.7350

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.docusourceofnc.com

Dude Solutions 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

Phone: 866.989.3833

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.dudesolutions.com/

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

Phone: 919.622.5141

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.elinvar.com

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

Phone: 336.226.4896

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.envirosafe.com

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

Phone: 510-857-5912

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.faef.com/education

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

Phone: 704.363.0845

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.fsioffice.com

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

Phone: 757.353.4943

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ajg.com/industries/higher-education

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

Phone: 202.448.6127

Fax: 540.551.0617

Email: [email protected]

Website: InsideHigherEd.com

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

Phone: 404-926-2616

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.chase.com

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 and/or Darren Shahinian

Phone: (Mike) 877.999.9294 x103, (Darren) 877.999.9294 x197

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: www.scholarbuys.com

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 and/or Darren Shahinian

Phone: (Mike) 877.999.9294 x103, (Darren) 877.999.9294 x197

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: www.scholarbuys.com

NCICU’s members gain expert outside guidance and solid solutions for transforming themselves by engaging Mindstream. Our record of success with private not for profit colleges and universities demonstrates a history of refocusing strategy, boosting efficiency, and streamlining processes, while transferring knowledge to key stakeholders across the institution and maintaining each school’s unique culture. Our services include:

INSTITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION: Strategic planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operating Model Design, Zero-based Redesign, Advanced analytics, Change Management.

COST TRANSFORMATION: Zero- based Budgeting, Shared Services, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Process Improvement & Redesign, and Staff Classification and Compensation plans.

ACADEMIC TRANSFORMATION: Academic Portfolio Reviews, Market Research, & Faculty Classification and Compensation plans.

ADMISSIONS AND ENROLLMENT TRANSFORMATION: Admissions and Enrollment reviews, Market Research, and Predictive/ Prescriptive Analytics.

Contact: Joseph Garcia

Phone: 210.819.7306

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://mindstreamco.com

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

Address: P.O. Box 39506, Greensboro, NC 27438

Phone: 336.420.0737

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.nationalutilityreview.com

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

Phone: 919.832.5817

Email: [email protected]

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

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.netzero-usa.com

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

Phone: 704.688.9353

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.securedgewifi.com

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

Phone: 919.325.0281

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.staplesadvantage.com

StormWind Studios provides formal training for Information Technology, Cyber Security, and Project Management.  Courses may be taken in an online Live instructor-led format as well as a self-paced OnDemand video format.  Many courses include hands-on lab environments, certification practice exams, and books and materials.

Contact: Ross Miller

Phone: 480.339.2978

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.stormwindstudios.com

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

Phone: 203.733.1099

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://thankview.com

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.

Contact: Jared Marber

Phone: 404.872.7121

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.transactcampus.com

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

Phone: 727.563.3476

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.uhcsr.com

Vector Solutions (formerly SafeColleges Training) is a leading provider of award-winning safety and compliance solutions that help create safer and more inclusive colleges and universities. Its product portfolio includes management solutions for employee and student training, anonymous tip reporting system, incident tracking, and SDS management. We believe that our intuitive, web-based solutions help administrators address critical issues affecting campuses across the U.S., such as sexual harassment and violence, alcohol and drug abuse, diversity and inclusion, safety, hazing, and more.

Contact: Colleen Anderschat

Phone: 513.792.3944

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.safecolleges.com