University of Illinois Saves on Technology Through Interstate Compact

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The University of Illinois expects to save approximately $1.6 million in annualized savings over the next two years by using a MHEC contract for technology purchases.

Midwestern Higher Education Compact

“The University of Illinois is committed to finding opportunities to save our institution money, and choosing to purchase our Dell technology through a contract with MHEC was the best value." - Doug Beckmann, University of Illinois, Sr. Assoc. VP

The University of Illinois expects to save 10 percent over current contract pricing on its Dell technology purchases, which could bring the University approximately $1.6 million in annualized savings over the next two years.

“The University of Illinois is committed to finding opportunities to save our institution money, and choosing to purchase our Dell technology through a contract with the Midwestern Higher Education Compact was the best value,” explained Doug Beckmann, senior associate vice president in the University’s central Office of Business and Financial Services.

“This is a win-win for the University,” continued Beckmann, “by using the MHEC contract, the time-consuming process of a request-for-proposal (RFP) has already been completed for us, and it was a convenient purchasing vehicle. We are grateful that the state legislature provided public universities in Illinois with the statutory authority to access MHEC contracts.”

The University conducted a comprehensive financial analysis comparing current Dell technology prices to the MHEC contract. The University recently completed the paperwork and will start rolling out new technology under the MHEC contract immediately. The University of Illinois enrolls about 73,000 students on three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield and has an annual operating budget of $4.6 billion.

“During these difficult budget times for public institutions, the University of Illinois is a great example of how institutions can save significant money by using MHEC contracts,” added MHEC President Larry Isaak.

MHEC is a 12-state higher education compact based in Minneapolis and is committed to cost-savings programs, student access and policy research and analysis in the Midwest since its formation in 1991. The organization’s programs and services have been directed by the institutions through volunteer committees, taking advantage of the institutional expertise on the campuses to establish criteria and standards tailored to meet the needs of the MHEC member institutions. While savings are important, MHEC also looks beyond this to bring additional services from the vendor back to the institution.

Illinois has saved an estimated $32.7 million on technology purchases since joining the Compact in 1991.

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