Terminology changing from “Strategic” to “University-Wide”

Feb 26, 2023 | News

Over the next few months, U-M will see a change in language across the Procurement Services website, documents, communications, and contracts. If you have not already noticed the update in terminology, we’re beginning to use the terms “University-Wide Agreement” and “University-Wide Supplier” in lieu of “Strategic Contract” and “Strategic Supplier.” 

The change was made after Procurement Services—as part of an outreach effort—met with stakeholders across U-M regarding their procurement needs. 

A significant finding from these meetings is confusion around the term “strategic contract/supplier” and what it actually means. Based on further discussion It was determined that a more appropriate and easier-to-understand term to describe these contracts is “University-Wide.”

It is important to note that these changes apply only to existing University-Wide Contracts, formerly known as “Strategic Contracts.” In addition to the change in terminology, Procurement Services is aiming to provide more resources and clarity around these types of contracts.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the Strategic Sourcing Program. If you have any questions please contact us through the Contact Us Form or by emailing [email protected].

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