To support and advance the collective activities of public institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois as a means to improve management.
To encourage, promote, plan, develop, support, and provide increasing cooperation, coordination, and sharing between and among public institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois, in the utilization of their resources, facilities, and personnel, in order to strengthen, enrich, and improve the cost efficiency of their functions, activities, and operations.
IPHEC was recently awarded the INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award in recognition of supporting and engaging with minority-owned businesses.The INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore 2021 Supplier Diversity Award is a national recognition honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs, and leading initiative. IPHEC was featured in the April 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
The Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative, “IPHEC” is a cooperative organization comprised of all thirteen public institutions of higher education. IPHEC members include University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Illinois Springfield, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Illinois State University, Chicago State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. Formed to advance the collective activities of the state’s public institutions primarily in the cooperative or group purchasing arena. Additionally, IPHEC serves to provide a common and collaborative voice on a wide variety of issues impacting the state universities including legislation, administrative rules, administrative policy and collaborative interaction with the states ethical oversight. IPHEC currently provides over one hundred award opportunities available to the state’s public higher education institutions, community colleges and the Illinois Math & Science Academy.