WAICU, as appropriate, utilizes a taskforce driven due diligence process when creating the collaborative agreements for the WAICU member institutions. Under the leadership of WAICU staff, the WAICU member taskforce develops benchmarks for the “ideal” product or service, reviews proposals presented by vendors, provides feedback to WAICU staff on contract negotiations, and advises WAICU staff on rollout. WAICU agreements should benefit the largest possible number of the member institutions by increasing efficiency and streamlining costs related to operations and back office functions. Participation is voluntary, with decisions made by the presidents of member colleges and universities.
Selection of vendors is based partially on the following principles:
- Establishes a strong aggregate agreement that recognizes the strength and significance of independent higher education in Wisconsin.
- Provides lower price and better delivery of goods or services than any one of our 24 member institutions can achieve on their own.
- Eliminates duplication of efforts by streamlining processes.
- Recognizes the on-going role of WAICU staff in managing the service, trouble shooting, assuring continuous quality improvements, and rebidding as necessary.
If you would like to propose a program to WAICU, please email Kathy Dutter, WAICU director of member services.