NJ Community College Joint Purchasing Consortium Now Has Procurement Authority

A bill that gives the New Jersey Community College Joint Purchasing Consortium (JPC) the legal power to serve as the lead contracting agency for joint purchases on behalf of community colleges recently became law.

Thanks to the leadership of sponsors Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Bergen), Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic), the JPC can now further maximize the purchasing power of the participating colleges. Gov. Christie signed A3807/S2619 on November 9.

New Jersey’s community colleges established the Joint Purchasing Consortium (JPC) in 1999 to combine the member colleges’ buying power to negotiate better prices on products and services.

“This is a significant legislative victory for New Jersey’s 19 community colleges,” said New Jersey Council of County Colleges President Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli. “Thanks to the bill’s sponsors, legislative leadership and the Governor, this law will give community colleges the ability to ramp-up purchasing activities, thereby creating cost savings for our member community colleges.”

The JPC has already allowed the sector to save money in several areas and the new law will only enhance this. For example, the joint purchase of natural gas, under the leadership of Ocean County College, and electricity, under the leadership of Middlesex County College, resulted in savings of several million dollars for the colleges that participate. Cumberland County College negotiated a joint contract for all 19 community colleges for Accuplacer placement tests, which resulted in significant cost savings.

This past year, with Passaic County Community College as the lead, the JPC secured discount pricing for Title IX compliance online training for 16 participating community colleges from several vendors in order to meet Title IX compliance regulations. Raritan Valley Community College led efforts to secure a reduced discount rate and other charges for processing tuition and other payments using credit cards. Camden County College successfully secured discounted pricing for laboratory supply and medical supply/equipment catalogs.

The JPC is housed within the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

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