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Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #KEM166560

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Change Order
Published Wednesday April 7, 2021
Vendor: Blackboard, Inc.
Change Order Amount: $11,000
NIU desire to pilot Training Development Manager (TDM) which provides a mechanism for the university to provide courses to non-matriculated students with self-created accounts and potentially an independent payment system. This would allow academic departments to offer non-credit courses for professional development, and to potentially charge participants fees for enrolling in those courses.

The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

Award Info Published Thursday May 31, 2018

Blackboard, Inc.Washington, DC

  • Amount: An estimated $1,036,294
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 8/9/2018 through 8/8/2021, 36 months
  • Renewals: None

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 Tuesday May 29, 2018
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The University awarded a contract for Blackboard Learn, Maintenance, Hosting & Support to Blackboard, Inc., Washington, DC, for an estimated $1,036,294.
This purchase is for the software maintenance, hosting and support for a 3 year period for the Learning System, Community System, Content System and mobile apps with Blackboard.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Keri Moreland
Northern Illinois University
Procurement Services & Contract Management
590 College Avenue
Lowden Hall, Room 107
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-1373
FAX: (815) 753-6800
State Purchasing Officer - Margaret van Dijk

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

May 30, 2018
3:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Margaret van Dijk
Phone:(217) 720-0293
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:
May 25, 2018
Register with:
Margaret van Dijk
Phone:(217) 720-0293

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
  • KEM166560.pdf (420 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • KEM166560Pt2.pdf (49 KB)