Current CICU Collaborative Relationships

If you would like to learn more about our collaborative partners, please contact Keith Cushing, CICU's Vice President for Research, Administration, and Member Services at (518) 436-4781.


AuditPRO is a full service environmental health and safety company, dedicated to helping organizations achieve regulatory compliance and reduce the risk of financial, occupational and environmental exposure by demonstrating standards of environmental best practices. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: John Nicklin, Managing Member, 202-302-8370


CICU is a founding member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings.   Banding together with other state associations, the Coalition was formed to leverage the power of the Independent Sector from coast-to-coast.   All Coalition programs and discounts are available to all CICU members.  Click here for the latest Coalition newsletter with information on programs and upcoming webinars.

Contact: Lyen Crews, Executive Director


Constellation, an Exelon Company, is among the best equipped to manage energy market volatility. Let Constellation help you understand energy market risks and structure electric purchase arrangements to minimize these risks for your institution. Click here to download a promotional brochure.

Contact: April Kreller, Association Manager, 866-818-0115


First American Education Finance offers project financing to CICU members and supports more than 800 colleges and universities across the United States. Through our programs, CICU members will receive preferred pricing, terms and conditions for campus improvement and asset renewal programs including:

  • Energy efficiency upgrades
  • Software and technology upgrades
  • Deferred maintenance
  • Athletic facility upgrades
  • New academic programs
  • Research equipment

We know each school faces different budget challenges, so we take the time to understand your individual project needs. Financing can be a great way to spread payments out over a few years for projects that need to be done today.

Read: Campus Technology, “Adelphi U Budget-Neutral Cogen Plant to Reduce Annual Energy Bill by $1.6 Million”

Capital Reimbursement: Monetize existing equipment and software to address unexpected budget shortfalls

Contact: Nick Borkowski, Vice President, 585.643.3346 or Kelly Bauch, Assistant Vice President, 585-643-3379


Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk strives to be the nation’s best full-service insurance broker and student health services administrator. We do this with expertise, quality, customized and cost-effective insurance products and benefits. We can assist CICU members get the best in consortium purchasing: reduced insurance retention and administration costs, underwriting protection through group purchasing, no additional on-campus administrative cost, expanded account management services, including enrollment services, and flexibility of customized plan design options. In addition, available products for colleges & university consortium clients include: student medical, dental and vision insurance, sports accident insurance, student accident insurance, international & study abroad insurance, camps, clinics & special event insurance, student property insurance, tuition refund insurance and SilverCloud digital behavioral health.

For more information, contact Teresa Koster, Area Chairman or Martha Murphy, Vice President of Student Health.



GEM Energy optimizes the efficiency of facilities for reduced operating and utility costs. With renewable and on-site power technologies such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems and turn-key solar development, we can help campuses generate energy savings to contribute to the bottom line and provide a hedge against future energy costs. We can take your on-site power project from financing through commissioning and provide ongoing maintenance, as well as assist with donors who may be interested funding an on-site energy project. GEM Energy is a NYSERDA solar installer/contractor and an approved vendor in NYSERDA’s CHP Program. 

Contact: Jason Slattery, Director of Solar Energy, 419-725-3104


JourneyEd is the nation’s leading supplier of technology related products and services for the academic markets with more than 20 years of dedicated service to millions of students, faculty, staff, institutions and public school districts nationwide. JourneyEd provides thousands of software and hardware products to CICU member institutions, educators and students at savings up to 85% off retail pricing. JourneyEd offers institution-specific websites for online ordering; verifies the academic status of every purchaser and ships products ready to be legally installed at work or home.

For CICU member institutions, JourneyEd offers special pricing on select software contracts:

  • Microsoft EES Agreement (formerly Campus Agreement)
  • Microsoft Select Agreement
  • Adobe VIP Agreement
  • Kaspersky Security Solutions Agreement
  • JourneyEd Work at Home Online Fulfillment

For more information, please contact Jason Watson; 800.876.3507, ext. 7111.


CICU and The Megawatt Hour are pleased to announce a new energy purchasing and analysis program available to CICU member colleges and universities. The Megawatt Hour gives CICU membership a simple way to immediately access and evaluate, forecast, and budget energy purchasing. The Megawatt Hour has a track record of reducing energy costs by 15-20%.

By utilizing The Megawatt Hour's proprietary technology platform, campuses will be able to manage their electricity budgets, lower costs, reduce risks, and enhance transparency.

Consortium purchasing advantages:

  • Reduced data management and administrative costs
  • Lower energy costs
  • More efficient budgeting for and reporting on energy costs
  • More effective energy risk management
  • More predictable energy costs and greater price certainty

The experienced staff at The Megawatt Hour can advise campuses on product, procurement and purchasing strategies and can provide budgeting and reporting support to facilities, procurement and finance professionals.

For more information, contact Deirdre Lord at (866) 212-2050 x.1 or use the contact forum found on The Megawatt Hour website.


Through CICU, your campus can join The Clery Center Collaborative for customized and sustainable approaches to campus safety and Clery Act compliance. Collaborative members have access to training, technical assistance, security reviews, member web portal, online Clery Act Self-Assessment Tools, community discussion forums/chat rooms and other resources designed to ease the burden of Clery compliance. A further summary of benefits is described in the attachment.

We recognize that independent colleges and universities across New York State (and the nation) are subject to, work to comply with, and go beyond just meeting the myriad federal laws and regulations, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics ActTitle IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and the Violence Against Women Act Final Regulations, and balance all of these requirements with meeting the needs of their students. With a continuing national conversation on the issue of campus safety and security, coupled with state statutes covering campus safety and sexual assault, an increasing number of campuses are collaborating to share information, best practices and training resources.

The Collaborative values its services at $10,535 per member institution, but has been offering annual memberships for $3,500. Through CICU, you may now join the Clery Center Collaborative for $2,500.

Disclaimer: Where appropriate, CICU may receive a nominal fee from corporate partners to offset a portion of the cost of program administration.

CICU Collaborative

The CICU Collaborative initiative consolidates the purchasing power of the 100+ private, not-for-profit campuses in New York State to provide CICU members the option of purchasing select products at a discount. Business members selected to join our collaborative are committed to enhancing independent higher education by offering products and services to CICU member institutions.   

Members of our Collaborative are trusted partners, with established higher education relationships, and a reputation for quality.  CICU members know that Collaborative companies are vetted, and are providing the best available value.

For more information, contact: or call (518) 436-4781.