Microsoft Consolidated Enrollment for Education Solutions Agreement
Enrollment for Educations Solutions (EES) from Microsoft is an annual subscription licensing program. Through EES, schools license software based on faculty/staff FTE count, rather than the numbers of computers the software is installed on. Any upgrades or downgrades of those products are included through the term of the subscription. Microsoft EES is a simple, flexible program that enables you to standardize software across your campus, keep your technology up to date, and annualize your Microsoft budget.
The GICA Consolidated EES Agreement enables participating schools to combine their FTEs to qualify for Level B pricing, which is otherwise reserved exclusively for schools with a 3000-plus faculty/staff FTE. The GICA EES Agreement renews September 1st annually. GICA’s Microsoft reseller, ScholarBuys, consolidates the license demand of each school into separate enrollments, thus keeping the interests of each entity separate. Schools with existing Microsoft subscription agreements, independent of GICA, may be granted pro-rated/co-termed amendments which sync their enrollment with the GICA common renewal date in order to leverage the discounted pricing.
As an additional benefit, schools participating in the GICA Microsoft EES Agreement may offer Work at Home (WAH) rights to their faculty and staff members via Electronic Secure Download on www.varsitybuys.com for just $19.95. Use the green box on the left side of the page to find your school.
Microsoft Select Agreement
Microsoft Academic Select Agreement offers individual educational institutions a flexible, volume-based program designed to help reduce total cost of software ownership through perpetual licensing. Select Agreement provides volume licensing for schools that are able to forecast their license needs over a three-year period. Each product within Select License for Academic has an assigned point value, which allows your institution to establish a special Academic price level by meeting a minimum forecast of license acquisitions.
Leveraging the aggregated purchasing power of GICA members, the Select Agreement’s forecast and license acquisition requirements are waived, allowing all GICA schools the ability to purchase perpetual licenses, from an agreement designed for high volume buyers. For schools participating in a Microsoft Campus Agreement, the GICA Select Agreement can supplement your school’s need for products not included in the Campus Agreement. Schoolsnot participating in a Campus Agreement may utilize the GICA Select Agreement to purchase all of theirMicrosoft products at a discounted price.
For a full Select price list and additional info, you may visit www.scholarbuys.com/gica **username & password required – contact ScholarBuys**
Microsoft Student Select Agreement
In addition to realizing savings for your school, schools can pass along savings to students, faculty, and staff for Microsoft personal purchases. The GICA Student Select Agreement enables your campus to acquire Microsoft software at discounts which translate into a savings of over 87% off the Academic Full Packaged Product that students, faculty and staff are otherwise eligible to purchase. Each school which executes a Student Select Enrollment receives a customized, branded portal with a unique URL (VStore) on www.varsitybuys.com. Each Vstore is tailored to list only the products available to your specific institution. On your Vstore ScholarBuys administers the entire program including;authenticating academic status, payment, shipping, and customer service. This program requires no administration from your school!
Varsitybuys.com offers a faster check out process by offering “eVerify”. This service can authenticate most higher education students online, in real time, utilizing the National Student Clearinghouse database.
Microsoft End User License Agreements (EULA) are built in and automated during the check-out process, so there is no need to collect additional paperwork from your students or employees.
- Most Microsoft products are available via Electronic Secure Download, including single key delivery. Customer Service for the site is supported via Live Chat M-F 8-5 Central. Additionally, the site is web 2.0 friendly, and customer service is also supported via Twitter 7 days a week.
GICA is designated by Microsoft as a managed account:
- Specific account team from Microsoft is provided for Managed customers inclusive of a local Account Manager, Consortia Account Manager, Technical Specialist, and complete Virtual Team
- Proof of Concept programs, including Microsoft BIF Funds available to eligible schools
- Access to the Microsoft Higher Education Newsletter, published bi-monthly
- GICA specific trainings offered (in person and web meeting)
Each school receives unique access to the Microsoft VLSC site enabling users to:
Download licensed software
- Retrieve keys for Volume Licensing software
- View Microsoft licensing details for your organization
- Manage Software Assurance benefits
- Manage Online Services entitlements
- Manage subscriptions, including MSDN and/or TechNet
- Assign others in your organization to do any of the above tasks-or to also be an Administrator
**ScholarBuys can take on these administrative tasks and co-manage your VLSC account per each school’s instruction**
To access the GICA agreement, click here. You will need the username and password e-mailed to your institution.
If you have questions regarding our Microsoft programs please contact Bob Smith with ScholarBuys at (877) 999-9294 ext 103.
If you are interested in more information regarding GICA procurement program agreements, please contact Lisa Macke, Director of Member Services, at (404) 233-5433 x24.