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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #JMT2124

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Thursday March 11, 2021

Association of College and University EducatorsNew York, NY

  • Amount: An amount not to exceed $240,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 7/1/2021 through 6/30/2024, 36 months
  • Renewals: None



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday March 8, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, February 22, 2021
The University awarded a contract for Faculty Development Training Programs to Association of College and University Educators, New York, NY, for an amount not to exceed $240,000.
Faculty development to improving student outcomes and central to NIU's mission. Teaching and learning evaluation and improvement are also important components of our Higher Learning Commission accreditation. NIU is in need of a structured, equitable faculty development program that is available to be delivered online and is aligned with industry best-practices. Faculty development programs must include essential training for our faculty on a range of critical topics, from pedagogical skills and knowledge to diversity training. The training programs must be of high-quality and be available to be delivered online. The programs should prepare faculty to implement practices shown to improve student achievement and close equity gaps. Program endorsement by the American Council on Education is required.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the The ACUE Program is the only online program for faculty development developed in partnership with the American Council on Education and subject to ACE's high-quality assurance standards. The ACUE Program also provides flexibility that enables specific modules to be tailored to NIU's needs. Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the universitys need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearting to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jean Ann Thomas
Northern Illinois University
Procurement Services & Contract Management
590 College Avenue
Lowden Hall, Room 109
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-9558
FAX: (815) 753-6800
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

March 10, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
March 5, 2021
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • JMT2124ACUE.pdf (737 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • JMT2124Pt2.pdf (117 KB)