Colleges See Big Savings in Centralized Buying

Heather Ainsworth for The Chronicle

President Thomas Rochon of Ithaca College says officials presented the idea of consolidated purchasing to the campus with other, less-popular proposals, like paying for parking. “We were able to say, OK, we won’t do those things, but we will need your very active buy-in” on purchasing, he says.
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