Today's Higher Education institutions are battling a myriad of mounting social, demographic, and fiscal challenges - and procurement leaders are positioned squarely on the front lines. Within an environment of contracted resources and compelling change, the responsibilities of educational procurement professionals have intensified dramatically. As the global economic downturn continues, colleges and universities can expect fixed or shrinking budgets, and procurement executives will continue to be tasked with doing more with less.
To succeed, procurement professionals working in Higher Ed must understand and address the critical challenges within their own departments while demonstrating their distinct value within the rapidly evolving contemporary university climate. They must also be able to articulate exactly how their departments contribute to the overarching goals of the institutions they serve. However, some educational procurement professionals are struggling to keep up with their departments’ tactical responsibilities and drive the strategic change necessary to support their institutions’ vision, mission, or future direction.
The National Association of Educational Procurement created the NAEP Innovators Forum in direct response to these mounting challenges and in accordance with its mission to facilitate the development, exchange, and practice of effective and ethical procurement principles and techniques within Higher Education and associated communities, through continuing education, networking, public Information, and advocacy. With sponsorship by SciQuest and Huron Consulting, the first NAEP Innovators Forum was held in Miami, Florida in February 2012. The purpose of this event was to engage key thought leaders in a discussion and analysis of the major issues impacting Higher Education, and to better inform institutional stakeholders and procurement leaders on alternative ways to approach these challenging issues.
The Key Insights from the NAEP Innovators Forum and Recommended Strategies for Procurement Leaders white paper presents an overview of the 2012 NAEP Innovators Forum along with a distillation of key discussion points and findings regarding the major issues impacting Higher Education procurement departments and policies today.
We also share and explore the top eight strategies recommended by Forum attendees that senior administrators and educational procurement professionals can leverage to approach these complex problems and concerns moving forward.
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