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Davis Educational Foundation Awards Grant to Bay Path University

LONGMEADOW — Bay Path University was awarded a $10,000 presidential grant for a study with the four other private institutions of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield on investigating collaborative purchasing to reduce expenses. The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Stanton’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets Inc.

“The work conducted could have positive implications for other small institutions also wishing to lower administrative costs and make undergraduate education more affordable for American students,” said Dr. Carol Leary, Bay Path president.

The grant affords Bay Path University, American International College, Elms College, Springfield College, and Western New England University the opportunity to hire an independent consultant to evaluate consortium collaboration and better efficiencies, explore the combined purchasing power of the institutions and estimate potential cost savings, and determine human-resource needs to achieve successful joint purchasing practices. The assessment will span costs associated with energy and technology to sports equipment and uniforms, among many others.

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