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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #bjm125396
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Thursday August 18, 2011
Awarded to:
Vendor: Advisory Board Company, Washington, DC
Amount: $59,000
An estimated start date of 10/24/2011 through 10/23/2013, 24 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Thursday, July 28, 2011
The University awarded a contract for membership in University Leadership Council to Advisory Board Company, Washington, DC, for $59,000.
The membership services include development of best practices and innovative strategies to address the institution's unique set of issues. Specific programs in enrollment management and student retention will be developed as a result of assessment of the institution's functional processes.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the membership is required in the University Leadership Council to receive research services and a library of resources, and NIU has an existing agreement to work with the ULC to develop a software tracking system focused on student success.

For additional information, contact:
Becky May
Phone: (815) 753-1594

A public hearing will be held at which interested parties may 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 panel will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. Interested parties wishing to comment for or against the determination may do so in writing or in person. If you wish to testify, prior registration is requested to ensure adequate time is allowed for all parties.

August 16, 2011
2:00 PM
349C Stratton Bldg.
401 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL
Melena Pauley
Phone:(217) 558-2231
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Additional Information: Optional hearing location: James R. Thompson Center, Room 9-035, 100 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601. If you wish to testify in person, a university location may be made available upon request. Please contact the Hearing Contact listed above.
Date, time, and location are subject to change. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
August 15, 2011
Register with:
Melena Pauley
Phone:(217) 558-2231
Fax:(217) 558-5407

Written comments may be submitted in lieu of or in addition to oral testimony. All such comments shall be considered public record and open to review by the public. Written comments must be received no later than August 15, 2011.

Any party who wishes to testify must register in advance to guarantee an opportunity to testify. Individuals who have not registered in advance may be heard, time permitting, at the discretion of the Hearing Officer. An individual will be heard only once on a particular item.

Proceedings from the meeting will be available for download following the hearing date.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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
  • bjm125396AdvisoryBoardSSpart1.pdf (160 KB)
  • bjm125396AdvisoryBoardSSpart2signed81711.pdf (54 KB)
Public Hearing Documents
  • bjm125396AdvisoryBoardHearingRecommform.pdf (43 KB)