Through an agreement between WICHE and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, colleges and universities; K-12 districts and entities; city, county, and state governments, and some non-profit organizations are achieving substantial cost savings by purchasing computers, software, printers , and other products through MHECtech. WICHE and MHEC are statutorily-created regional compacts that broaden access to higher education, foster resource sharing, and offer cost saving initiatives in 15 states in the West (WICHE) and 12 states in the Midwest (MHEC). The purchasing agreements aggregate volume purchases to lower product costs and reduce the time institutions must spend developing and conducting an RFP process and reviewing bids. MHEC staff undertake the time and expense of the RFP process, and institutions and organizations can purchase the goods or services knowing that the due diligence in selecting the vendor has already been done.
MHECtech contracts provide significant savings across a range of products and services. While not all of the contracts are open to entities in the WICHE region, many are. The contracts are monitored to ensure that vendor offerings are kept current and that new features are added as market demands change. Some of the vendors provide extra benefits such as free shipping or discounts that escalate based on total purchase amount. Information regarding eligibility, contract duration, contract numbers, along with price lists and discount schedules are available at: http://www.mhectech.org