University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Vendor: Blackboard Inc, Indianapolis, IN
Amount: An estimated $539,380
An estimated start date of 7/1/2017 through 6/30/2020, 36 months
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 since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, May 9, 2017
The University awarded a contract for Blackboard Collaborate to Blackboard Inc, Indianapolis, IN, for an estimated $539,380.
In our mission to provide real-time instruction and learning environments to students all over the world, it is necessary to have software that can accommodate students and instructors using all currently available platforms. The software must allow real-time communication, visual, audio and textual, between students and instructor, and between individual students, to simulate in an online environment the experience of an actual face-to-face classroom situation. This software must be continually updated to respond to the rapidly changing requirements of online education. At the same time, it must be usable by all instructors and students, regardless of their level of technical expertise or physical abilities.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is software license, upgrade or maintenance.
For additional information, contact:
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb
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.
May 24, 2017
401 S. Spring Street
If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify
location and get directions.
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.
May 19, 2017
The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire
qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.