Procurement Services

Procurement Services

Computer and Technology Purchases

Departments looking to purchase computers should use the Dell Store located in iProcurement. All available standard configurations listed have been pre-approved by ITS and will require no additional review. If a department needs to purchase a computer not listed in the "Dell Store", including Apple computers, a request should be submitted to ITS using the Service Hub.

Peripheral computer equipment, including small printers, should be purchased from the CDW store located in iProcurement. 

Multifunctional Printers (Copy Machines) should be purchased from Access Systems. Procurement, ITS and Access Systems are working on a standard group of machines to meet the needs of UNI.

When considering a technology purchase, including software purchases, ITS should be involved at the beginning of the decision process, using the Service Hub. Ben Arnold, Director of IT Client Services, presented this process at the 2016 Fall BPUG meeting. All Technology purchases should be made using the requisition process by creating a non-catalog request in iProcurement.

For additional questions or information please contact Molly Ungs at x319 273-6448.

Travel Portal Training

Training guides can be found on the Short's Travel Management page on the OBO Website.

Short's Travel Management Page

Benefits of using the travel portal include:

  • Provides full travel management support (air, hotel, rail & shuttle).
  • FindIt tool will search the internet for the best pricing and complete the booking with Short's.
  • Access to an on-line travel portal (mobile friendly).
  • Ability to view and utilize unused tickets through the booking process.
  • Travel arrangers will be allowed access to manage travel for department.
  • Reservation research tools allowing you to retrieve post-trip data.
  • Portal allows for customization by the individual user.
  • UNI travel guidelines are supported by the portal to ensure your compliance.

Mission

We value our role at the university and our position in the community. Our mission is to support the goals and diversity of the university in education, research and public service - by procuring quality goods and services at competitive prices, and by providing responsive and responsible service to all university departments.

We hope to achieve our mission through excellence in customer service, convenient access to responsible suppliers, timely processing of orders and payments, continuous upgrades to systems and processes, and compliance with policies of the Board of Regents and the Code of Iowa.

We respect the tradition of academic excellence by encouraging continuing education and professional development of our staff.

We strive to create and provide a work environment of equality and opportunity by maintaining positive and trusting relationships with our suppliers.

The University is committed to socially and environmentally responsible purchasing consistent with the values in our strategic plan. We expect high quality in the products, services and business practices of all business partners. This commitment enjoys broad support on campus.

We subscribe to the Code of Ethics of  the National Association of Educational Procurement.

Procurement Standards

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Procurement Services implemented Uniform Guidance Procurement Standards effective July 1, 2018 for all purchases using federal funds. UNI has received authorization from the US Office of Grants and Acquisition Policy and Accountability to retain a micro-purchase threshold at $50,000 which is in accordance to University Guidelines and Procedures