Once it has been determined that an initiative should be undertaken, a small team is formed with a buyer from one of the member campuses functioning as lead. This team develops a request for proposal (RFP) and distributes it to suppliers. The team reviews the suppliers’ responses to the RFP and recommends one or more suppliers to the Procurement Directors. The Directors then vote to determine which, if any, suppliers should be awarded the contract, stipulating primary and/or secondary suppliers as appropriate. The Purchasing Consortium then initiates a Master Agreement with the selected supplier(s).