Ways to Save
TICUA strives to bring value to member campuses through its Ways to Save Collaborative Initiative. TICUA endeavors to coordinate and promote collaborative business initiatives on behalf of member institutions that leverage the consumer strength of the 34 member colleges and universities. TICUA staff work closely with the Procurement Committee, comprised of representatives from member institutions, to establish collaborative priorities, review products and services, promote campus participation in this initiative, seek association marketplace pricing, and evaluate products and programs.
Participation by TICUA member institutions is voluntary and recognition by TICUA does not imply individual campus affiliation. Because members are private institutions, each college or university makes autonomous decisions regarding purchasing of goods and services. In some cases, TICUA may receive modest support from these agreements to defray administrative costs.
The Ways to Save Collaborative Initiative provides member institutions access to discounted purchasing opportunities through:
TICUA Procurement Agreements
TICUA facilitates and offers Procurement Agreements to member institutions that are designed to reduce prices for goods and services through leveraged agreements, improve the business terms and surrounding services with commonly used vendors offering unique goods and services, and simplify purchasing processes and reduce time to research and implement new services and programs.
TN Smart Shop
TICUA member institutions, as a result of legislative action, have the option of purchasing from State of Tennessee contracts. The TN Smart Shop is an e-marketplace of active statewide contracts where member institutions can leverage the buying power of the state government to purchase goods and services. By combining state and local spend on common goods and services, the State is able to negotiate deeper discounts and enhance services with vendors.
To begin using TN Smart Shop you must register and obtain a User ID and Password by clicking here.
Coalition for Colleges Cost Savings
TICUA is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings. The Coalition is a group purchasing organization comprised of 33 non-profit higher education member organizations dedicated to helping nearly 900 non-profit higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration. Through this organization, TICUA is able to offer its members access to collaborative programs designed to reduce operating costs, improve the efficiency of internal procedures, and ultimately lower the cost of delivering education
Educational and Institutional Cooperative
The Educational and Institutional Cooperative purchasing organization, or E&I, is a not-for-profit buying cooperative established in 1934 by members of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) to provide goods and services to members at the best possible value. The mission of the cooperative purchasing organization is to exceed member expectations by providing high quality, cost-effective, and timely solutions through a diverse portfolio of competitive contracts and value-added services.
TICUA member institutions may Join E&I by completing this E&I Web site.