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DISTRICTS/REGIONS

NAEP is a national organization comprising of several districts and regions (think chapters). Click on the links below to find out more and to see what's happening in your district or region.

District I: New England | Upstate NY

District II: DC/MD/VA | DE/PA/WV | Metro NY/NJ

District III: Carolinas | Florida | Kentucky | TAGM

District IV: Great Lakes | Michigan

District V: Great Plains | TOAL

District VI: Northwest | Pacific | Rocky Mountain

Through "NAEP University," continuing education and professional development are cornerstones of NAEP's mission and purpose.
Procurement Academy
NAEP's Procurement Academy is an in-person, two-day event held just outside of Baltimore. Delivered in three Tiers, the NAEP Procurement Academy provides best practices, insider intelligence and market knowledge needed to propel your career.
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  • Tier I: Foundation is best suited for those new to procurement
    Tier II: Professional takes a deeper dive into the role of procurement, ethics, customer service, and strategy.
    Tier III: Professional Plus expands upon the skills introduced in Tier II: Professional. Sessions include leadership, emotional intelligence, communicating at all levels, meeting effectiveness, decision-making, cultural competency and conflict resolution.

    Read more on Academies
 
Institutes
An important piece of NAEP University are it's various Institutes. Focusing on career-specific issues, these in-person, two-day events, are held nation-wide.
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  • Current Offerings:
    Contract Management Institute
    Facilities Institute
    Federal Procurement Institute
    Negotiations Institute
    RFP Process Institute
    Strategic Procurement Institute
    Supplier Diversity Institute


    Read more on Institutes
 
Webinars
One of the elements within NAEP University that doesn't require travel are on-demand webinars. These virtual one-hour trainings are facilitated by industry experts and/or NAEP members and contain topical information for purchasing and procurement professionals.
Browse On-Demand Webinars
 
Annual Meeting
NAEP's Annual Meeting is its annual national conference. Scheduled for April 8-11, 2017 in Orlando, FL, this is our biggest event of the year. Offering 50+ educational sessions, exciting keynote speakers, and a robust exhibit hall for all of your business and educational needs. This is event is not one to be missed!
Annual Meeting Homepage
 
Regional Meetings
While NAEP is the national organization, it consists of several district and regional chapters. Many of these chapters offer their own in-person events and continuing education. Most of these events are two to three-days, but some include one-day workshops, as well.
Regional Events Calendar
 
Certification
NAEP supports member's becoming and remaining certified by offering programming which may be applied toward ISM's C.P.M. / CPSM / CPSD recertification and/or A.P.P. re-accreditation, or UPPCC's CPPO/CPPB certification or recertification program requirements.
Read more on certification
As an NAEP member you receive both exclusive benefits and special pricing on events and professional development. Here are some of the resources you may now access:
RFP Library
Gain access to a library of hundreds of contemporary RFP's, with new material added continually.
  • Browse dozens of RFP categories
  • Perform 'key-word' searches for RFP's and Job Titles
  • Contribute your own RFPs for inclusion in to the library!

Visit the RFP Library

 
The NAEP Exchange
Great as a daily tool for asking your procurement peers for advice or resources, The "NAEP Exchange" works like a private, online bulletin board and is the premier communication tool for educational procurement professionals.

Member benefits of the Exchange:

    • Ask your colleagues for feedback on a particular vendor or consultant
    • Inquire about best practices across other procurement departments
    • Reach out to ask advice on a unique or challenging project

    The Exchange is the next best thing to face-toface networking. What are you waiting for, go check it out!

    Visit the NAEP Exchange

 
Benchmarking Resources
Through industry-leading whitepapers, surveys, and PowerPoint presentations, see what the subject-matter-experts are saying will help advance your department's efforts & strategically position procurement as a campus innovator.

View Innovator Forum Reports

 
Publications
Stay up-to-date on industry news and trends by reading NAEP's Publications:

Educational Procurement Journal
Published quarterly in-print & electronic
Purchasing Link
Online newsletter published monthly

View latest issues.

 
In case you're new to working in Higher Ed, Procurement, or both, here are some resources developed by NAEP's Membership Committee to help you get acquainted!
Code of Ethics
Procurement professionals must have a highly developed sense of ethics to protect their own and their institution's reputation for fair dealing. To strengthen ethical awareness, and to provide guidelines for its Members, NAEP has long promoted a code of ethics.

Read NAEP's Code of Ethics

 
Mentor Program
With more and more Members new to higher education procurement, the Membership and Professional Development Committees are collaborating to create a mentoring program that can be offered regionally and nationally. The mentorship program is expected to be introduced in 2017.

Learn more about the NAEP Mentoring Program

 
Industry Acronyms
For those new to the industry, we have compiled a list of commonly use acronums in the industry, which you may refer back to as needed.

View Common Acronyms:

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    Certification
  • A.P.P. --- Accredited Purchasing Practitioner
  • C.P.M. ---- Certified Purchasing Manager
  • C.P.S.M. -- Certified Professional in Supply Management
  • CPPB ------ Certified Professional Public Buyer
  • CPPO ------ Certified Public Procurement Officer
  • CPSD ------ Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity
  • CEU ------- Continuing Education Unit (tracks professional development hours for certification)
  • *these certifications are offered by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) & the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)

  • Procurement
  • ACH ------- Automated Clearing House (electronic funds transfer)
  • CPO ------- Chief Procurement Officer
  • ePro ------ eProcurement (electronic purchasing)
  • ERP ------- Enterprise Resource Planning (business management software)
  • FOB ------- Free On Board (shipping & logistics)
  • GPO ------- Group Purchasing Organization (also referred to as a co-op, offers group contracts)
  • MWBE ------ Minority-Women Business Owned (other criteria include veteran, LGBT, service disabled veteran, historically underutilized. See Supplier Diversity for more information.)
  • P2P ------- Procure To Pay (system to integrate purchasing & accounts payable transactions)
  • PCard ----- Procurement Card (institutionally authorized credit card)
  • PO -------- Purchase Order (issued to seller from buyer to initiate transaction)
  • RFB ------- Request for Bid
  • RFI ------- Request for Information
  • RFP ------- Request for Proposal
  • RFP ------- Request for Quote
  • SLA ------- Service Level Agreement (official commitment between a service provider and the customer)
  • SRM ------- Supplier Relationship Management (ability to work with third-party providers of goods and services in a strategic way)
  • Higher Ed
  • COB ------- Close of Business (end of business day)
  • FOIA ------ Freedom of Information Act (requires disclosure when records are requested by citizens)
  • FY -------- Fiscal Year (begin and end of budget year)
  • SME ------- Subject Matter Expert (leader in the field or industry)
 
Procurement Cycle
We've composed a simple diagram for new procurement professionals, that illustrates the common steps within the procurement cycle.

View the procurement cycle diagram

  • What does the procurement process look like?


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