Higher Education

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As 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 the educational community. Our portfolio includes over 100 competitively awarded contracts, as well as consulting services and dedicated member resources to help improve your procurement process.

We’re here to serve as an extension of your procurement department. By leveraging the knowledge and expertise of more than 4,000 member institutions, we provide you with savings you may not be able to achieve on your own.

On top of that, we handle the entire RFP process for you – including everything from research and RFP development to contract management. This means your staff is free to focus on the more important functions that help advance your institution’s mission and strategies. Our RFP process has been validated by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) as being in compliance with generally accepted public procurement standards, so there’s no need to worry about compliance requirements.

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