Acquisition & Contracts


Acquisition and Contract Management involves every activity involved in obtaining the goods and services a company needs to support its daily operations, including sourcing, negotiating terms, purchasing items, receiving and inspecting goods as necessary, and keeping records of all the steps in the process including

 1.   Best value for money
 2.   Fairness, integrity, and transparency
 3.   Effective international competition
 4.   The interest of the Contractor 
 5.   Maintain proper client orientation

Software Acquisition

If your department requires a specific application, app, or cloud-based software service contact SHI International at, for pricing, then you can submit a OIT Purchasing Approval Form through to Please keep in mind that all software purchases must pass an OIT technology review to identify possible security, accessibility, compatibility, regulatory and contractual issues.

Technology goods and services can be found on the VITA and VASCUPP contract pages

Considerations for all software purchases:

  • All solutions must be reviewed, including free software.
  • Does the software or service require students to set up their own accounts? Or does it only require the faculty member? If student accounts are required, also consider what student data (including personal information) the vendor will have access to and whether it would fall under FERPA guidelines.

Click here to complete the IT Purchasing Request Approval Form