Midwestern Higher Education Compact announces selection of HP to provide hardware products and services to education and governmental entities

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 09:00

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) today announced the selection of HP for hardware products and services available to colleges, universities, K‐12 districts and schools, cities, states and local governments in 41 states extending competitive pricing discounts.

HP was awarded a contract in response to two of MHEC’s competitively-sourced Request for Proposals on Computing Hardware and Related Services and Network and Services.

“The intent of all MHEC contracts is to offer a total solution that an institution can tailor to best meet their needs and requirements,” stated Timothy Smith, chief information officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. Smith, who also served as the chair of MHEC’s Computing Hardware and Related Services RFP Committee, said “All institutions benefit from the competitively bid contracts and pricing they may not otherwise have been able to obtain on their own and it gives institutions the ability to leverage the contracts as a starting point to negotiate additional terms and pricing discounts.”

MHEC technology initiatives are guided by Midwestern chief information officers, technical experts, and IT procurement professionals.

Through the agreement, member states’ higher education institutions, K-12 districts and schools, cities, states, and local governments can obtain pricing discounts and services on network, server, and storage products, as well as printing and personal computing devices.

One of four regional higher education compacts in the United States, MHEC serves approximately 1,000 public and private nonprofit institutions – more than 4 million students. The agreement with HP also extends to the same entities in the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education – 41 states in total.

“HP is delighted to have the opportunity to assist the MHEC member states with their efforts to transform to a hybrid infrastructure, protect their digital assets, enable student and faculty productivity, and empower a data-driven environment,” said Greg Herbold, director of State/Local Government and Education Programs for the HP Enterprise Group.

HP is a committed partner to help transform Higher Education through continuous delivery of innovative IT solutions that are aligned to meet the strategic agenda and goals of educational institutions. Every technology decision made today impacts your institution’s future roadmap. HP is dedicated to providing an unmatched level of flexibility and choice – from personal computers to supercomputing – that allow you to anticipate, plan for, and nimbly respond to future IT needs.

Availability and options
For additional information on the MHEC – HP Master Price Agreement, including a detailed list of states and purchase eligibility, visit: MHEC’s e-commerce website.

About the Midwestern Higher Education Compact
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. MHEC seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world.