Once a priority is identified, WAICU asks members what the ideal outcome is for them, not just in price but in terms of a useful product.
WAICU aims for continuous quality improvement, such as adding new items to an office supplies contract.
For example, a college may sign up for the WAICU Travel Solutions program, which the academic dean may use for recruiting faculty.
Capturing this data will also help WAICU when it's time to renegotiate its contracts.
WAICU, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, received congressional funding for several years in a row to work on a collaboration project that put all the back-end functions of its 20 members on the table.