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.