University of Illinois Springfield
SoleSource #JM3022

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Change Order
Published Wednesday November 3, 2021
Vendor: Instructional Connections LLC
Change Order Amount: $0
Adjusting the posting to match contract term. Contract was executed November 2, 2021 therefore the five-year term will end November 1, 2026.

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

Award Info Published Wednesday October 13, 2021

Instructional Connections LLCFlower Mound, TX

  • Amount: An estimated $500,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 10/15/2021 through 9/30/2026, 60 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 Tuesday October 12, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Sharon Ferguson.
First published Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The University awarded a contract for online academic coaches to Instructional Connections LLC, Flower Mound, TX, for an estimated $500,000.
University of Illinois Springfield has a contract with Academic Partnerships awarded under RFP #JM1521, which is an online program management company that will market UIS' online programs, recruit students, and provide course design support. It is projected AP will increase enrollments significantly. To maintain high quality online courses, the vendor will provide academic coaches to support the online faculty of record. The coaches hold a masters degree or greater and experienced professionals in the industry, demonstrating mastery of the content academically and professionally. The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Instructional Connections, LLC. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jill Menezes
BSB 106
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 206-6651
FAX: (217) 206-6607
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

October 13, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327
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:
October 8, 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.


To obtain any of the following documents, please log into your Bulletin account.

Sole Source Justification

  • JM3022.pdf (635 KB)

Sole Source Justification Part 2

  • JM3022Pt2.pdf (118 KB)

Conflict of Interest Document

  • InstructionalConnectionsFDACOI.pdf (240 KB)
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