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NAEP Moves Procurement Forward

Membership in NAEP is a commitment to developing a world-class procurement department. This is not your old procurement association. By joining your higher education professional trade association, your procurement team demonstrates a commitment to developing the skill sets and job knowledge of your staff team and instituting the resources and best practices that increase the visibility of procurement to your campus business officers.

Procurement has become a strategic function of a higher education institution. Your procurement department membership in NAEP will help you get where you need to be.


Here's How NAEP is Moving YOU Forward: 

The Procurement Solution: NAEP Search Engine
The NAEP website is the broadest higher education procurement search engine in existence.

All of the content on the NAEP website is indexed and available for key-word searching via the site search. This includes: web page content, file libraries such as the RFP samples library, Job Description library, newsletter and magazine archives, member and professional presentation’s, professional development videos, and forum discussion content. This allows for instant access to thousands of procurement-specific documents, articles, and media.

Knowledge Libraries
Sample RFP documents and job description libraries allow you to benchmark your data against other organizations and keeps you from re-inventing the wheel.
NAEP maintains a broad range of meeting presentations, sample RFP’s, job descriptions, survey’s, and white papers. Members may browse documents at leisure on their respective website pages, or quickly search for documents by topic from NAEP’s site search.

NAEP Competency Model
Do you know where your procurement career is headed? Are you in control of it? The NAEP Competency Model outlines the specific skill sets, job knowledge and traits you should know at each step in your procurement career. If you are a Buyer and want to work your way to the Director of Procurement, here is your roadmap!

Best Practice Papers & Resources
The heart of our best resource papers are the Innovators Forum reports. Tackling subjects like Technology in Procurement, Talent Management, and Procurement Brand Management, these in-depth papers tap into the subject-matter expertise of experts inside and outside of higher education.  

Sustainable Purchasing Resources
If your position touches on sustainability, the yearly Green Procurement Study as well as the Green Purchasing Roadmap resources are for you.

Career Center
If you are looking for a new job or if your department is hiring, NAEP members have free access to the new Career Center


A growing body of relevant contracts for procurement officers to compare and contrast.

NAEP’s contract library, NAEProcure, is a fast-growing project that allows NAEP members access to compare value propositions with many contracts across the country.

Educational Programs

A path for procurement professionals to expand their knowledge, invest in their careers and exchange information with a diverse membership.

NAEP offers a wide-range of professional development opportunities that include the Annual Meeting, Leadership Forum, Association Leadership Program (ALP), Procurement Academy, higher education-specific institutes and web-based education. Members receive hours of continuing education along with discounted pricing for all in-person professional development programs and most web-based offerings at no cost.

The NAEP Annual Meeting:
The central networking and learning event for procurement professionals in higher education.

The yearly annual meeting and tradeshow provides the single best opportunity for procurement professionals to learn about trends in their field, interact with relevant vendors, and most importantly make the kinds of connections with other people that will benefit them both personally and professionally throughout their career.

Professional Development:
A path for procurement professionals to advance their job knowledge, learn new skills, and contribute more in their field.

NAEP offers a number of academies and 7 different topic-specific institutes, both on-site and virtual, for members to attend and grow their procurement skills. Members receive special pricing to all NAEP institutes.

Take advantage of free money to continue your education

NAEP offers several different scholarships for you to continue your professional development by attending your local regional meeting, a topic-specific institute or the national meeting. Additionally, NAEP offers yearly scholarships for your children and dependents to continue their education.

A Communication Hub and Idea Exchange

As a communication hub, NAEP provides the following ways for you to communicate with your local and national colleagues:

  • The National Forum – an open-topic, member-specific forum where all members freely exchange ideas and solicit information such as RFP’s and operational protocol.
  • Regional Messaging: Regional leaders can reach their local constituents directly via email and group messaging
  • NAEP members may search the directory to look-up any other member to personally email or message them.
    12 private-subscription Committee-Specific Forums which allow thread-based discussion and document exchange
  • 16 open-subscription regional forums which allow thread based discussion and document exchange
  • 2 general subscription special topic forums (Supplier Diversity and Sustainability)

NAEP Collaborates with Other Higher Education Associations

NAEP collaborates with many other higher education associations so that procurement receives the higher profile it deserves. Here are a few of the groups and projects we are working on:

  • NACUBO (National Association of College & University Business Officers): creating a spend analytics benchmark "dashboard" for your Chief Business Officer. This tool will overlay spend data with relevant institutional data. 
  • ULSCA (University Logistics and Supply Chain Alliance): NAEP will offer materials management related sessions at our annual meeting
  • NCPPC (National Council for Public Procurement and Contracting): Reviewing the Uniform Guidance changes and making recommendations to OMB. We are also working to change procurement from an "occupation" to a "profession" with the Bureau of Labor & Statistics 

Timely and relevant procurement topics written by subject matter experts

The quarterly Educational Procurement Journal brings you up-to-date information on the hottest topics in higher education procurement. Our online newsletter Purchasing Link brings you a quick hit of information in byte-sized pieces. Starting in January, you will be able to respond and add your thoughts to many articles in a blog-style format.

Regional Meeting Support
Know that when you attend your local meeting, you will have a top-notch experience from registration through relevant educational sessions.

NAEP provides many of our regions with professional meeting registration services and program content development. When you register for your regional meeting, it will be a smooth and easy process. When you arrive to the meeting itself, the educational sessions will be top-notch and you will take home new ideas that you can implement right away.

Regional Websites
Provides a personal touch and a vehicle for region-specific discussion

Stay in touch with your local procurement colleagues and stay on top of local news and announcements. Regional webpages include access to local presentations, photos, and files repositories and contact information so you can share your ideas with your regional leadership.

Coming in 2016


  • 2016 Salary Survey
    Bench-marking salaries for your department against similar institutions across the country.
  • Collaborative Tools
    Developing tools and resources with other higher education associations for cross-departmental procurement in your institution.

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