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CollegeBuys.orgOver the past several years, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, through its CollegeBuys program, has been increasing resources dedicated to securing systemwide technology agreements for the California Community Colleges (CCC). These agreements are secured in accordance with California Public Contract, Education and Government Code, and provide total cost of ownership and cost savings components for the colleges.

CollegeBuys recently secured Public Contract Code-compliant agreements with Cisco (for Open DNS), Concur and PistolStar (for PortalGuard), adding to an already robust portfolio of agreements with Microsoft, Adobe, CDW-G, Computerland of Silicon Valley, and Alcatel Lucent Enterprise. Additionally, CollegeBuys has expanded its Adobe Document Cloud offering with an agreement to make Adobe Sign available to the colleges.

Information regarding these new systemwide partnerships is as follows:

Cisco Umbrella (formerly Cisco OpenDNS)

Recent threats from Ransomware have become more prevalent in our system, further straining local district resources (time, money and energy) to combat this threat. The Foundation expanded its Cisco relationship to provide the CCC an effective option to defend the assets of our system from Ransomware. The Foundation understood that previous pricing models for Cisco Umbrella (OpenDNS) were costly at $20.44 per FTE. Broadening its agreement with Cisco, the Foundation renegotiated pricing for Cisco Umbrella to $12 per FTE, increasing cost savings by an additional 42 percent. This exclusive pricing for the CCC is available through the Foundation’s CDW-G contract. For more information about Cisco Umbrella please visit


On Sept. 15, 2016, CollegeBuys entered into an agreement with Concur through the California Higher Education Strategic Sourcing (CHESS) Initiative. The California State University agreement was adopted by the Foundation to address district requests for a travel and expense management platform. Since contract execution, over five districts have adopted Concur’s new technology solution to streamline their travel and expense processes.


The Foundation’s new partnership with PistolStar aims to provide deeply discounted pricing for its PortalGuard product. PortalGuard provides single sign-on authentication, self-service password reset, two-factor authentication and over 120 other authentication tools. It is an integrated and customizable authentication package that delivers a full set of features in a single, fully customizable solution. This latest agreement provides a 75-percent discount on PortalGuard for the CCC.

Adobe Sign

With Adobe Sign, California’s community colleges can issue document approvals, forms, signing, accepting and acknowledgement. This will allow colleges to move away from paper and manual processes while decreasing print and mail costs. Adobe Sign also reduces compliance and risk when it comes to students, faculty and staff while meeting FERPA requirements. Adobe will help institutions automate processes from end to end and integrate into existing infrastructures. Through the Foundation contract, Adobe Sign is available for $1 per transaction (5,000 transactions minimum) or $18 per FTE/annually (virtually unlimited transactions/users).

For more information on these agreements, or other agreements through the Foundation’s CollegeBuys program, please visit the CollegeBuys website, or contact Jorge Burwick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Foundation is the official nonprofit auxiliary of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, supporting the missions of all 113 California Community Colleges. CollegeBuys is a program of the Foundation which serves to aggregate the system’s buying power to obtain the most advantageous pricing for goods, products and services for California’s community colleges.

Information for this article was provided by the Foundation for California Community Colleges