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: http://www.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: http://www.localmovinginc.com

Adobe

The NCICU Adobe agreements leverage our collective buying power to achieve both cost savings, and a closer, more strategic relationship with Adobe.

Adobe Volume Incentive Program (VIP):

 Value Incentive Program (VIP) is Adobe’s other subscription licensing program for Higher Education, where schools may license Creative Cloud.  Pricing is based on quantity per transaction, with ascending discount levels based on aggregate quantity of licenses that an institution purchases within a 12-month period.  The NCICU Adobe VIP Agreement is a collaborative initiative that enables participating institutions to “link” VIP’s and extends the deepest discount level (Tier 4) to participating schools, regardless of license quantity.

Cumulative License Program (CLP):

Cumulative License Program (CLP) offers individual institutions a flexible, volume-based program designed to help reduce the total cost of software ownership through perpetual licensing.  Using the aggregated purchasing power of NCICU campuses, the CLP Agreement’s license acquisition requirements are fulfilled, allowing NCICU institutions the ability to purchase perpetual licenses at a significantly discounted price (Tier 3).

The NCICU Adobe Agreements are managed by our Adobe Reseller, ScholarBuys.

Contact: Mike Brown

Phone: 877-999-9294 x103

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://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: http://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: http://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 Brander

Phone: 702.560.5616, ext. 700

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.brandergroup.net

Brightly, a Siemens company, is the global leader in intelligent asset management solutions – because we know that smarter assets drive more sustainable communities.​ Brightly pairs its complete suite of intuitive software – including CMMS, EAM, Strategic Asset Management, IoT Remote Monitoring, Sustainability and Community Engagement – with tailored consultancies and award-winning support services to light the way to a bright future where we can all thrive.

Contact: Jessica Moore

Phone: 919.504.5262

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.brightlysoftware.com

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: http://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: Greg Henderson

Phone: 540.494.2151

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://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: http://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 offers modern academic operations software that empowers administrators and faculty to execute exceptional educational experiences and meet their strategic enrollment management goals through integrated academic and event scheduling, curriculum, catalog, and course demand projection tools. Today we support over 100 institutions including NCICU institutions like Duke University, Methodist University and Catawba College to streamline their scheduling and curricular operations into a single integrated platform. Academic administrators deserve a powerful, easy-to-use tool that gives them confidence, visibility, and trust that they are executing student-centric, data-driven, cost-efficient academic operations.

Contact: Zach Drollinger

Phone: 913.565.2513

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.coursedog.com

In 2021, Datavalet acquired SecurEdge which is known for providing Network as a Service (NaaS), which enables organizations to access enterprise-grade networks on a subscription basis rather than total payment upfront, as well as access to leased equipment.

Datavalet has been a leading supplier of Managed Wi-Fi solutions since 1998 and helps campuses meet the needs of students, staff, and faculty with an innovative service called Maestro which offers residents an internet-ready unit. Maestro enables users to connect to Wi-Fi as they move around campus, and they can also manage their service directly from a user-friendly platform.

Contact: Andrew Thompson

Phone: 704.327.2592 Ext: 1018

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.datavalet.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: http://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: https://www.faef.com/

Finding a great partner is a common challenge. When it comes to procurement, finding the right partner is crucial in making the process work for you. What sets FSIoffice apart in your procurement experience is service, meaning the supply solutions we provide are both affordable and enjoyable. FSIoffice stocks over 8,500 items so getting the supplies you need is fast and easy. NCICU members can count on the best price on 100 of your most used items as well as benefit from an average of 60% off the list price on any other contract item.

We are a North Carolina-based, woman-owned company, and a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise. If you need to show diversity in your procurement practices and want to support local businesses, we are your perfect fit. FSIoffice has deep experience in higher education procurement that helps us understand your unique purchasing requirements as well as offering expertise in product knowledge on office and facilities supplies that work best in an academic setting.

Find out more about why “you will appreciate our service” at FSIoffice.com.

Contact: Janet Blanford

Phone: 704.363.0845

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://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: http://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: http://www.InsideHigherEd.com

The NCICU Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) Agreement leverages our collective buying power to achieve both cost savings, and a closer, more strategic relationship with Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) is an volume-license and subscription program designed specifically to address the unique needs of Higher Education. With EES, you get broader access to cloud services, the ability to more accurately direct technology spend, and enhanced benefits with tools and resources to help you manage your institution while empowering your faculty to innovate through the Microsoft 365 solutions stacks.  EES is now based in cloud services, but it enables you to maintain an on-premises environment so you can migrate to the cloud at your own pace.  By moving to a per user model, Microsoft simplified and standardized coverage calculations and updated user definitions so your technology spend will more accurately reflect the usage of Microsoft cloud services and software.  With an expanded set of cyber security, student use benefits, and access to free online services for light users- you get more value for your campus-wide commitment.

 Additional Microsoft Benefits:
NCICU is designated by Microsoft as a managed account:

  • Specific account team from Microsoft is provided for managed schools inclusive of a local Account Manager, Account Technology Strategist, and team of technical specialists
  • Proof of Concept programs, including funding available to eligible schools
  • NCICU specific trainings offered (in person and web meeting)

Contact: Mike Brown and/or Darren Shahinian

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

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: http://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: http://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

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: http://www.netzero-usa.com

ScholarBuys

A value added reseller of computer software, hardware and peripherals; ScholarBuys niche focus is helping private and independent colleges and universities leverage their IT buying power through Group Purchasing.  ScholarBuys helps NCICU leverage its collective buying power to achieve both cost savings, and a closer, more strategic relationship with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, and VMware.  ScholarBuys is recognized as a premier education consortium-focused vendor because of their service-orientated approach.  Their goal is to maximize the participation and overall value of our IT related group purchasing agreements, enabling our member institutions to maximize their investments in these technologies.

Contact: Mike Brown

Phone: 877.999.9294

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.scholarbuys.com

Sqwire is a financial wellness/literacy platform designed specifically for higher education.  The program was developed with input from a variety of college and university presidents and from over a thousand students and faculty members.

Contact: Danijel Velicki

Phone: 757.739.5737

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.getsqwire.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: Shawna Hastings

Phone: 704.517.9906

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://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: http://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: http://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: http://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: http://www.safecolleges.com

The Virtual Care Group (VCG) provides medical, mental, and psychiatric healthcare services to college campuses throughout the country. Board-certified physicians, licensed counselors, and board-certified psychiatrists support the needs of students, faculty, and staff at 100+ colleges and universities providing safe, affordable, private, and convenient healthcare. To learn more, visit www.thevirtualcaregroup.com

Contact: Emily Pettit, VP of Strategic Partnerships

Phone: 860.391.5611

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.thevirtualcaregroup.com

VMware Enterprise License Agreement (ELA)

The NCICU Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) leverages our collective buying power to achieve to achieve both enterprise-level discounts, and a closer, more strategic relationship with VMware.  The NCICU ELA provides a platform that is designed to execute a future facing and optimized approach to IT, while also accommodating the prescriptive needs of each given college or university.

The NCICU VMware ELA is managed by our VMware Reseller, ScholarBuys.

Contact: Mike Brown

Phone: 877.999.9294

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.vmware.com/