Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC)
The Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative, "IPHEC" is a cooperative organization comprised of all thirteen public institutions of higher education. IPHEC members include Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois Springfield, and Western Illinois University.
IPHEC was formed to advance the collective activities of the state's public institutions primarily in the cooperative or group purchasing arena. Additionally, IPHEC serves to provide a common and collaborative voice on a wide variety of issues impacting the state universities including legislation, administrative rules, administrative policy, and collaborative interaction with the Chief Procurement Office. IPHEC currently provides over one hundred award opportunities available to the state's public higher education institutions, community colleges, and the Illinois Math & Science Academy