Higher Education

E&I Higher Education MembershipAs colleges and universities continue to face relentless budget battles and constraints, E&I provides a valuable cost management solution.

E&I was founded in 1934 by a group of higher ed institutions, and we’ve been meeting your needs ever since. Today, we are the only member-owned, not-for-profit purchasing cooperative focused on serving the needs of the educational community.

With over 120 competitively awarded contracts, comprehensive consulting services, and dedicated member resources, E&I helps to improve your procurement process.

Time & Cost Savings

We’re here to serve as an extension of your procurement department. We leverage the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,300 member institutions to provide you with savings you may not be able to achieve on your own.

Our team handles the entire RFP process for you, from research and RFP development through contract management. While we work, your staff can focus on more important functions that help advance your institution’s mission and strategies. There’s no need to worry about compliance requirements – our RFP process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards.

We can help you realize considerable time savings and cost avoidance. And the best part? At the end of the year, we return any profits back to our members in the form of patronage based upon your purchases. Because education is facing some of the toughest financial challenges in history, these efficiencies have never been more valuable!