The Big Ten Academic Alliance Purchasing Consortium is a collaboration of the purchasing directors of Big Ten Academic Alliance member universities focused on delivering cost savings across campuses through strategic sourcing initiatives, identifying strategies to handle emerging issues and implement best practices, and offers leadership and professional development opportunities.
Recent successes include an agreement with General Information Services (GIS) to provide background checks and related employment eligibility services that have been adopted by a majority of campuses. Pricing under this agreement is projected to save participating schools nearly $700,000 each year as compared with the prior agreement.
The other recent success is an agreement with Enterprise Holdings, Inc., the parent company for both Enterprise and National rental car companies. Pricing under this agreement is available to faculty and staff of Big Ten Academic Alliance universities for both business and personal use. Projected savings from this agreement over the previous agreement exceed $1.2 million per year.