The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium

HESS Announcements & Events

Carol Smith named new HESS Consortium President of the Board of Directors

Carol Smith, CIO of Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, has been nominated and elected (by the members of the Board) to be the 2nd President of the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium (HESS).

Carol Smith is one of the founding members of the HESS Consortium and has served on its executive team as Secretary of the Board since its formal incorporation in 2015.  Carol is very active with EDUCAUSE and will serve as Program Chair for the 2018 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and has served in various capacities (including President) for the Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC).  Carol also currently serves on the E&I Cooperative Services’ National Technology Strategic Planning Team.

We are very excited for the new vision and leadership that Carol will bring to HESS and to our goals for the future!

View our HESS / E&I slides from EDUCAUSE 2017

Carol Smith, Penny Evans-Plants, Keith Fowlkes and Fred Miller did a team presentation on the HESS Consortium and our partnership with E&I at this year's EDUCAUSE 2017 Conference.  The conference session was titled "Sailing the 7 C's: Campus CIOs & CFOs Collaboratate on Cloud/Costs Consortium" was a success.  You can download our slides in PDF format from the session by clicking here.

Collaborative contract agreements in the works now! 

We are very excited to announce that we are working with E&I Cooperative Services on two new collaborative contracts. 

  • The CDW-G member pricing for HESS institutions is in place now through the new E&I contract.  HESS institutions are an aggregate spend group within the contract and gives HESS institutions the deepest discounts available from CDW-G.
  • The first is a new Learning Management System contract project we are working on now.  An RFP was released in August and our HESS/E&I RFP review team is reviewing vendor RFP responses now for a targeted award on January 1, 2018. 
  • The second is a new contract project for ERP software and services (cloud and on-premise).  We will be releasing this RFP in November 2017 and vendor responses will be reviewed by a group of member institution representatives.  We plan to have a new contract(s) in place for our small to mid-sized member institutions that are 8,500 FTE students or fewer in early 2018.
  • Third, we are also working on several consulting contract projects with some of the nation's top IT and ERP consulting firms.  We hope to have these contracts available to our members in early 2018 (these are separate from our current discount pricing to HESS).

The Higher Education Systems & Services Consortium or "The HESS Consortium" is a 501c3 non-profit, membership-run organization. The HESS Consortium is focused on collectively lowering costs and increasing collaboration between specifically private colleges and universities in the area of administrative systems and services.

The HESS Consortium is made up of chief financial officers, chief information officers as well as technology and finance directors in a diverse group of schools committed to JOIN USfinding efficiencies and cost savings by working with other like-minded institutions. Together, we realize that, throughout the country, private college/university Chief Business Officers (CBO) and Chief Information/Technology Officers (CIO) are mutually charged with providing mission critical administrative services in an environment of almost flat, if not decreasing, net revenues. We are asked to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of administrative software services and related information technology to meet the increasing needs of diverse users while minimizing the resources used.

Together, we are working in lockstep with our Presidents to determine how our tasks can best be accomplished, what marketplace options may be available to better meet out needs, and what innovative solutions are being implemented in our sector across the country.  Learn more about our goals and how to join the HESS Consortium by clicking here.

Our Higher Education Systems and Services Consortium member institutions are:
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 Our partnering state and national associations include: