Affiliates

2020-21 Affiliates

AbSolve

AbSolve is a third-party administrator of employee benefits focused on the first 180 days of employee absence. Whether employees’ time away from work is protected and/or paid, continuous or intermittent, for care of self or another, AbSolve offers a centralized, single-source leave of absence outsourcing platform for employers, employees and their vendors that complies with all federal, state, and local laws in addition to any employer or collectively bargained benefits. Benefits administered by AbSolve include but are not limited to FMLA, short-term disability, paid family leave, statutory benefits, voluntary benefits, salary continuance, and/or paid time off.

Contact: Shep Sepaniak, Managing Partner

Acadeum

Acadeum is a network of colleges and universities committed to sharing their
best online courses to improve student progress. More than 300 colleges and
universities now use Acadeum’s Academic Sharing Platform to access, discover
and exchange high-quality courses that meet their students’ needs.

Contact: Nathan Green, Co-founder, VP of Northeast Accounts

Alera Group

Alera Group, formerly Relph Benefit Advisors, provides employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management, and offers a cost-saving medical benefits program for colleges and universities. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: Aaron Buzzell, EVP Consulting & Sales - 800-836-0026, x7270

Ambassador Education Solutions

For decades, Ambassador has made course materials simple, effective and affordable. From print and digital to OER, devices and more, Ambassador eases course materials adoption, management, delivery and access. Ambassador's Course Materials Platform, RODA, integrates with leading SIS, LMS, financial systems, eBook readers, publishers and digital content platforms. RODA connects students with affordable course materials, streamlines operations for schools and eases account management and reconciliation for publishers, all through one easy-to-use platform. Schools and publishers trust Ambassador to improve course materials accessibility, lower operational and financial risks, and deliver usage and cost transparency. For more information, please visit AmbassadorEd.com.

Contact: Bruce Schneider, Vice President of Business Engineering, 631-770-1010, x1037

Apogee

As higher education’s largest provider of managed technology services, Apogee helps colleges and universities align their technology goals within their strategic plans. Its comprehensive Managed Campus Suite includes campus-wide network services that connect the campus to enhance learning outcomes, video that transforms the way students learn, and new digital engagement technologies that captivate students. Partnering with Apogee enables schools to derive greater return on their IT investments and increases student satisfaction while achieving budget stability and predictability. Find out more at Apogee at apogee.us.

Contact: Lucas Seelig, Director of Business Development, 512-717-0846

Associated Safetygroup Management

Associated Safetygroup Management specializes in providing custom workers’ compensation plans specifically for educational institutions.

ASM manages and operates the only safety group for higher education schools in the state of New York. A safety group is a fully guaranteed, totally encompassing workers’ compensation program. The program not only handles all aspects of coverage and operation, but also offers unparalleled value due to its industry leading dividend program. For anything related to workers’ compensation law or your individual policy, ASM becomes your one and only call.  Lower cost, unequaled service, no headaches. Let ASM solve your comp puzzle for you.

For more information call Michael Cerbone, Vice President, Associated Safetygroup Management, michael@safetygroups.net, 1-631-271-0041, asmnewyork.weebly.com/.

Austin Air Systems

For over 30 years Austin Air Systems has delivered state-of-the-art air filtration products to help improve indoor air quality and protect consumers all across the world. With a focus on air that is clean to breathe, safe, and free from contaminants, our company is driven by an unwavering commitment to the distribution of high-performing products. Austin Air Systems is the premier manufacturer of medical grade High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) and activated carbon air purifiers in North America. Our portable air purifiers positively impact indoor air quality and keep consumers healthy and safe by using technology that is proven to remove up to 99.97% of airborne contaminants as small as 0.3 microns.  Whenever clean air is critical, Austin is called upon to deliver.

Austin Air purifiers are easy to use and affordable.  Our air purifiers improve indoor ventilation and filtration.  They provide peace of mind to staff and students knowing that the air that they are breathing is safe and clean.  They are ideally used in dorm rooms, lecture halls and offices.  Our purifiers come with a five-year warranty and our filters last for up to five years.  Additionally, studies have proven that students perform better on tests when studying in clean indoor air.

Contact: Michael Domon, Vice President of Sales, (716) 856-3700 x258.

Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly is a full-service advisory and accounting firm, providing assurance, tax, internal audit and consulting services to colleges and universities, higher education systems and research institutions. In addition to financial statement audit and tax services, we collaboratively address strategic areas such as risk management, research compliance, cybersecurity, talent management, cost reduction, fraud, construction, and other strategic and operational issues. We are adept at crafting effective strategies and approaches to meet the ever-evolving needs found in college and university settings. For details about how Baker Tilly can help your institution, please visit www.bakertilly.com/higher-education.

Contact: Dave Capitano, National Practice Leader Higher Education, (717) 718-6918; Ellen Labita, Partner - New York Higher Education Services, (631) 719-3232.

BKD CPAs & Advisors

BKD National Higher Education Group serves the various needs of more than 100 public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Clients look to BKD for strategic solutions that demonstrate foresight, transparency and accountability. Our dedicated team of advisors works with schools of all shapes and sizes, offering audit, tax and consulting services, including financial sustainability support, cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, forensics and litigation support. BKD Thoughtware is our series of award-winning content to help you navigate the financial landscape: download our Annual Higher Education Outlook and be on the lookout for our 2022 R3 Higher Education summit announcement. Learn how BKD can assist your organization, visit BKD Higher Education.

Contact: Higher Education practice partner, Rick Cole, 646.253.5230.

Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP

Bond, Schoeneck & King, with 250 lawyers, has served colleges and universities in New York State, and throughout the United States, for more than 75 years. Among the firm’s wide array of award-winning practices is its higher education and collegiate sports practice groups, with more than 30 lawyers. Bond is highly-regarded for its professionalism and integrity, its problem-solving capability and the delivery of cost effective legal services attuned to the legal, strategic and business needs of its higher education clients. Learn more about our Higher Education Practice Group.

Contact: Shelley Sanders Kehl, Co-Chair of the Higher Education Practice, 646- 253-2341; Phil Zaccheo, Co-Chair of the Higher Education Practice, 315-218-8113

Campus Logic - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Coalition for College Cost Savings - A CICU Collaborative Partner

CohnReznick

As a leading advisory, assurance, and tax firm, CohnReznick helps forward-thinking organizations achieve their vision by optimizing performance, maximizing value, and managing risk. Clients benefit from the right team with the right capabilities; proven processes customized to their individual needs; and leaders with vital industry knowledge and relationships. Headquartered in New York, NY with offices nationwide, the firm serves organizations around the world through its global subsidiaries and membership in Nexia International.

CohnReznick has a dedicated Not-for-Profit & Education Industry practice, which works with the boards, executives and staff of educational institutions to help build and maintain sustainable organizations. We provide higher education institutions with customized solutions and peace of mind. From evaluating key performance indicators, to enhancing governance, to minimizing risks, to improving controls and processes, we help make your organization’s mission possible.

We promote an inclusive and diverse firm culture that develops industry-focused leaders, dedicated to excellence, integrity, and reliability. Our Not-for-Profit and Education Industry professionals are passionate about supporting clients’ missions and making the world a better place. Our team’s insights, backgrounds, capabilities and viewpoints have helped not-for-profits optimize their resources, respond to financial challenges, improve governance, identify and mitigate risks, and provide greater transparency to their stakeholders.

To learn more about CohnReznick’s Not-for-Profit and Education Practice click here.

For the Not-for-Profit Governance and Financial Management Resource Center click here

Contacts: Jason Mintz, CPA, Senior Manager, 973-871-4054; Patricia McGowan, Partner and Education Industry Segment Leader, 959-200-7007.

Collegis Education

Collegis Education is a strategic partner whose revenue-growth solutions help colleges and universities maximize their enrollment potential through data-rich, technology-enabled marketing, engagement and retention services. With more than two decades of experience in higher education, the Collegis team develops holistic, interconnected strategies that enable institutions to realize long-term growth in accord with their mission and values. For more information about Collegis Education, please visit CollegisEducation.com.

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Contact: Bob King, Executive Vice President – Partner Strategy, info@collegiseducation.com

Constellation, an Exelon Company - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Credo

Credo has partnered with independent college and university presidents, cabinets, and board members around the country for more than 20 years, using their team of interdisciplinary experts to develop, research, implement, and help teams go farther faster and more efficiently. Informed by a holistic approach to institutional health, Credo delivers action and results in strategic planning, campus planning, student success, marketing, enrollment, architecture, and research.

Credo understands the unique challenges independent institutions face, as well as add context to the cultural, societal, and economic pressures influencing change. They believe in the importance of independent institutions in the national landscape, and know that with smart, data-driven strategies designed to lift up your mission and propel your vision, independent higher education can grow and thrive through any challenge. 

Contact: Emma Jones, Chief Brand Officer, 336-603-6017

Cullen and Dykman

Cullen and Dykman is a full-service law firm that has been providing legal services to clients for more than 170 years.

Cullen and Dykman’s Higher Education practice group is a multidisciplinary team committed to helping colleges and universities navigate the ever-changing higher education landscape. Our attorneys are experienced in various areas affecting academic institutions, including regulatory compliance, labor and employment, governance, corporate transactions, bond financing, tax, intellectual property, real estate, construction, environmental, data privacy and cybersecurity, internal investigations, advising distressed institutions, and litigation. Mindful of the economic realities facing academic institutions, our focus is on providing practical solutions to complex legal problems that avoid unnecessary burden and expense.

Our attorneys are well known for their experience in their areas of practice and many members of our firm have earned national recognition. Several of our attorneys serve as adjunct professors at colleges and universities and as lecturers for continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and trainings; and, like our higher education clients, we take pride in helping to foster growth and innovation in our local communities.

Click here to download a brochure about our Higher Education practice group. Contact: Brian Fitzgerald, Albany Partner-in-Charge, 518-788-9401 or bfitzgerald@cullenllp.com, James G. Ryan, 516-357-3750 or jryan@cullenllp.com, or Kevin P. McDonough, 516-357-3787 or kmcdonough@cullenllp.com.

Delos

Delos is committed to enhancing health and well-being in the spaces where we live, work, sleep and play through standards, programs and solutions designed to promote wellness, stress resilience, performance, restfulness and joy. Recognizing a profound opportunity to install health and well-being solutions into our built environments, Delos initiated a groundbreaking dialogue between thought-leaders across the building sciences and health sciences. Through research-based innovations designed to enhance physical, mental and social well-being, Delos elevates health and well-being as central values in the spaces where we live, work, sleep and play.

Contact: Rachel McPherson

Duff & Phelps/Kroll

Duff & Phelps is the nation’s leading provider of accurate insurance values and specialized risk consulting services for institutions of higher education. Colleges and universities and their brokers and underwriters rely on accurate property values and data quality to properly rate and insure assets. Inflated insurable property values can result in payment of excessive insurance premiums, while inadequate insurance coverage can be disastrous in the event of a loss. Duff & Phelps inspects and appraises more than 30,000 buildings per year, ensuring our higher education clients are properly insured to value. For an even greater level of detail, we also provide fixed asset inventory, tagging and reconciliation services, providing our clients with the data needed for accurate financial reporting, capital budgeting and risk management.

With the acquisition of Kroll in 2018, we also provide specialized Risk Consulting Services to universities for “hot button” and otherwise headline grabbing risk exposures:

Sexual Abuse/Misconduct mitigation and investigations (faculty on student, student on student)

Title IX/Clery Act compliance and consulting services

Active Assailant and other threat & vulnerability assessments

Crisis Management, Event Security

College Admissions Best Practices, Audits & Climate/Culture Reviews

Campus Security Training

Cyber Penetration Testing and Data Breach Response Services

Travel Risk Assessments (study abroad, staff, faculty and student travel consultation)

Due Diligence and tracking of foreign funds/donations

Espionage and Intellectual Property vigilance as pertains to foreign students

Fraud, abuse and malfeasance forensic accounting services

Social Media Monitoring Services

Dark Web Monitoring when sensitive information has been exposed

Click here to download “Managing Risks at Colleges & Universities”, a complete overview of Duff & Phelps/Kroll’s services to the higher education community.

Contact Lori Flemming at 704.953.9780 or lori.flemming@duffandphelps.com to have a confidential conversation.

edHEALTH

edHEALTH is the leading healthcare solution for colleges and universities, and their faculty, staff, and family members. Our guiding principles include:

  • Ownership: We are a member-owned collaboration run by and for our member institutions.
  • Innovation: Through data analysis, cutting-edge programs, and decision support, we help educational institutions select programs that meet their needs while containing rising healthcare costs.
  • Transparency: We give educational institutions the tools they need to make informed healthcare purchasing decisions: rate setting components, direct access to plan administrators; and forums to collaborate with other schools.
  • Savings: Through our purchasing clout, we consistently negotiate lower fees with less volatility than the skyrocketing healthcare cost trends experienced across the industry. Best of all – our members share in these savings.

Contact: A. Tracy Hassett, President and CEO

First American Education Finance - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk - A CICU Collaborative Partner

GEM Energy - A CICU Collaborative Partner

GoReact

Research shows that video + feedback is the magic formula for skill development, building student self-awareness combined with actionable feedback by a trusted instructor, mentor or peer. Schools have come to GoReact to do just that, while humanizing and simplifying skills-based learning through a proven tool built for education. With simple, flexible tools for experiential learning, Nursing, Education, Communication, Health Sciences, Public Speaking, Business, and Performing Arts programs have found all learners developing and demonstrating skill competency progression. Academic institutions and training programs around the world have excelled at facilitating scalable video observation, coaching, and assessment.

CICU NY members receive preferred pricing for Spring 2022 Pilots as well as the 2022-2023 academic year to empower confident skills in any discipline.

Contact: Jessica Hurdley, M. Ed., Account Executive, 617-843-5149

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd.

Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose is a full service law firm focusing on the needs of higher education clients.  Our practice focuses on federal and state regulatory issues, accreditation concerns, transactional matters, litigation and investigations (including Title IX and other forms of misconduct), NCAA issues, privacy compliance and breach response, student affairs, and board governance.  Our practice features former officials with the US Department of Education Office of the General Counsel, Office for Civil Rights, Office for Federal Student Aid, the NCAA and counsel to accreditation bodies.   

Contact: Dennis Cariello, Shareholder, 212-422-4900

KeyBank

The KeyBank Public Sector group encompasses a team of professionals dedicated to delivering value-added capital markets and banking products and services to higher education institutions, governments, and national non-profit organizations. Our team works with private and public colleges and universities across New York, providing strategic solutions for a variety of financing and banking matters.

Contact: Brendan Baxter, Vice President, 518-257-8501.

MCAG

We are experts in recovering money due our clients from settled class action settlement funds.  MCAG does not bring actions, we monitor for eligible settlement opportunities on our clients' behalf.

Our unique blend of state-of-the-art technology, extraordinary research capabilities, wide-ranging partnerships, and deep domain expertise ensures that MCAG clients are informed of all pertinent opportunities to receive the maximum recoveries they are due—and all deadlines are met to file a complete and timely claim with minimal effort on the part of our clients' staff.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Gadd at jgadd@mcaginc.com or (419) 345-2461, or you may visit MCAG’s website for CICU members.

The MegaWatt Hour - A CICU Collaborative Partner

MeMD - A CICU Collaborative Partner

Nixon Peabody

Nixon Peabody is a global law firm offering pragmatic legal guidance to businesses and organizations in virtually every industry.  We provide elite client service and comprehensive guidance across the broad range of legal issues your institution may face—from protecting your intellectual property to complying with Title IX to investing in your real estate and infrastructure. The possibilities are as varied as the institutions themselves. We serve as general counsel, special counsel and consultant, taking a future-focused approach to your legal needs and connecting your institution with key players in government, real estate, financial services and other business areas. We believe anticipation and a proactive strategy are crucial to effective legal counsel, and our industry experience will help you address the ever-changing world of higher education.

Contact: Eric Paley, Partner or Mike Cooney, Partner

Phillips Lytle LLP

Phillips Lytle prides itself on partnerships with college and university clients, and has a deep understanding of the structure, challenges, requirements, sensitivities and expectations of higher education institutions.  Our bench strength spans from board governance to faculty handbook disputes to privileged compliance audits.  We provide advice to our clients regarding allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, student/faculty misconduct, discrimination, criminal violations, safety or security violations, and hazing.  With Title IX trained attorneys on staff, Phillips Lytle has extensive experience investigating allegations of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment, and acts as a strategic partner with Title IX coordinators and Human Resource Directors in their internal investigations.  We also vigorously defend our Education clients against government investigations and private lawsuits.  Learn more about our Education Practice.

Contact:  Amanda L. Lowe, Co-Leader of the Education Practice Team, 716-504-5747; Kenneth A. Manning, Co-Leader of the Education Practice Team, 716-847-7041.

Phillips Lytle is a Northeast regional law firm with more than 190 attorneys in eight offices across New York State, Washington, D.C., and Canada.  Since our founding in 1834, the firm’s attorneys have been consistently recognized for legal excellence in service to local, national and international clients.

ScholarBuys

A value added reseller of computer software, hardware and peripherals; ScholarBuys' mission is to provide exceptional service that empowers the academic community.  Our niche focus is group purchasing.  We help academic consortia across the United States harness their collective strength in the marketplace for IT-related goods and services with companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cylance and VMware.  ScholarBuys is recognized as a premier education consortium-focused vendor because of our service-orientated approach.  Our goal is to maximize the participation and overall value of the group purchasing agreements we help manage for CICU, enabling member institutions to maximize their investments in these technologies.

CICU’s dedicated representative at ScholarBuys is Brendon Palluck.  He can be reached at (877) 999-9294 ext. 199 or brendon.palluck@scholarbuys.com.

SecurIT360

Founded over a decade ago, in 2009, SecurIT360 LLC is a full-service cyber-security consulting firm.  Our founder, David Forrestall (CISSP, CISA), has assembled a team of credentialed professionals who are collectively focused on the physics of securing IT.  We are proud to be an international, independent, vendor-agnostic, technology company, focused on developing programs and systems specifically catered to our clients' needs.  Additionally, we empower our clients with the advice needed to improve and maintain their security posture. We do not sell equipment.  We set up programs and systems designed for your unique needs and advise you on the latest ‘tools’ you need.

Contact: Nikki Pike, Marketing Coordinator

Segal

Segal is a highly respected partner for colleges and universities seeking to create dynamic and comprehensive human resources, benefits and organizational development strategies to support their institutional goals and objectives. Segal's dedicated, cross-functional higher education practice offers broad experience and deep understanding of the dynamics of academic institutions. Their size, decision-making process and consulting philosophy enable them to tailor our approach to suit each institution's needs.

Contact Mr. Kelly Jones, Senior Vice President, National Higher Education Practice Leader, 216-687-4434

Teaching Channel Plus

Teaching Channel Plus is an online community where pre-service teachers can watch, share, and learn new classroom techniques. Teaching Channel Plus users can watch any of our 1,400+ classroom videos to get a look inside diverse classrooms all over the world. All of our videos have been carefully vetted by content experts to ensure they showcase current techniques, model best teaching practices, and provide immediate ideas to support student learning.

Teaching Channel Plus also offers a private platform where pre-service teachers can collaborate to identify, evaluate, and discuss teaching practices from real-world classrooms. Educators can customize any of our 80+ expert-designed learning plans on a wide variety of pedagogical topics or use their own materials. We hope to give all teachers the tools they need to help every student grow! Learn more about the special benefits CICU members get and schedule a meeting with our team at Teaching Channel Plus.

Contact: Peter Steiner, Senior Account Executive, psteiner@teachingchannel.com or click here to schedule a meeting.

TimelyMD - A CICU Collaborative Partner

TierPoint

TierPoint is a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the internet. TierPoint has over 40 world class data centers in 20 U.S. markets and eight multi-tenant cloud pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. TierPoint’s highly experienced IT professionals offer a comprehensive solution portfolio including private, multitenant, managed hyperscale, and hybrid cloud. TierPoint also provides colocation, disaster recovery, security, and other managed IT services.

Contact: Sean Murray, Sr. Account Executive

Trane

Trane helps customers in New York State succeed by providing innovative solutions that optimize indoor environments through a broad portfolio of energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building, contracting and energy services, parts support and advanced controls for institutions. Here are some of our offerings:

  • Energy Performance Contracting
  • Off Balance Sheet Financial Solutions
  • Energy & Infrastructure Improvement Program
  • Energy Supply Side Services
  • HVAC Equipment – Chillers, AHU’s, VRF etc.
  • Building Automation Systems- Wireless Solutions
  • Energy Resiliency – CHP systems, Battery Storage, Micro Grid Systems
  • Sustainability Measures- Solar PV, Geothermal, Wind, Fuel Cells

Contact: John Drzymkowski, Comprehensive Solutions Account Executive, 973-557-5304.  Please reach out to John to discuss Trane’s Facility & Infrastructure Improvement Program.  If qualified for the program, Trane will perform a campus audit to determine potential facility and infrastructure improvements and an energy benchmarking analysis report at no cost. 

UGE

UGE’s innovative community solar model allows colleges and universities to earn long term revenue from underutilized space on campus by leasing rooftops, parking lots, and other available areas to generate clean energy. 

UGE develops, owns, and operates community solar and energy storage projects. Our systems allow colleges and universities to meet their sustainability goals, improve the student experience, and benefit the greater community, with no capital investment or operational risk.

To learn more, contact John Larkin, Solar Origination Manager for New York:  john.larkin@ugei.com or 518-573-7588.

Vemo

Vemo Education transforms the way schools attract students and measure outcomes. Colleges and workforce development organizations leverage Vemo to align tuition with student success. From reimagined financial aid packaging to data-driven enrollment management, Vemo partners with schools to advance clear strategic objectives: higher yield, improved retention, and accelerated completion.

Contact: Josh Williams, Senior Vice President, Partner Development, 317-507-2924

WasteStrategies, LLC - A CICU Collaborative Partner

CICU Affiliate Program


The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York (CICU) is a statewide organization devoted to advancing the interests of private higher education in New York State. With a membership of 100+ private colleges and universities across the state, CICU provides a variety of services and programs developed to meet the needs of independent higher education.

The CICU Affiliate Program serves an important link between New York State’s business sector and the educational community by highlighting the role of New York’s Independent Sector as a purchaser of goods and services. CICU invites and selects Affiliates as a means of providing resources to its members.

The Benefits of Affiliation

Affiliates are recognized as supporting independent higher education in New York.

  • Affiliates are named on this website, and invited to provide information about their businesses and products.
  • Affiliates receive a subscription to CICU publications including the Collaborative e-newsletter.
  • CICU will annually distribute promotional material to CICU member campuses.
  • Only affiliates will be considered for the CICU Collaborative

Become an Affiliate

CICU Affiliate status is available to companies that meet these criteria:

  • Maintain a reputation for ethical business practices by affirming the CICU code of conduct included on the Affiliate application
  • Have a record of providing goods or services to at least one CICU member college or university, or another state association for independent colleges and universities
  • Remit the CICU Affiliate fee

Cost of Affiliation

A fixed fee, per company, of $1,250 annually. Term of Affiliation will coincide with CICU's fiscal year of July 1 through June 30. Affiliate fees cannot be pro-rated.

Download an Affiliate Expression of Interest Form (pdf).

For more information, contact: affiliate@cicu.org or call (518) 436-4781