The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education serves as PASCAL’s fiscal agent. PASCAL procurements are governed by the SC Consolidated Procurement Code.
Vendors are asked to follow these guidelines when working with PASCAL:
Orders must be processed by PASCAL in order for libraries to qualify for consortial pricing and licensing. Invoices are sent to and paid by PASCAL. Subscription renewals are coordinated and communicated by PASCAL. These procedures are detailed below under “Ordering procedures.”
The consortial pricing offered to our libraries must be discounted significantly off the direct-to-library price.
FTE-based pricing is the most successful model for PASCAL, especially when those FTE tiers address the 80% of our libraries that serve less than 3,500 student FTE. For detailed information and statistics on PASCAL institutions, see About Our Libraries.
These discouraged marketing devices prevent our libraries from receiving accurate quotes or result in large price increases. Instead, we suggest free trial access, demonstrations of your product, and permanent deep discounts for early adopters to generate interest.
Annual subscriptions to your product can begin on the 1st of either January or July. Preference is for a January 1 start date due to member budget cycles. All PASCAL libraries’ subscriptions must have the same standard term and renew on the same date.
Orders initiated after the standard subscription term begins are prorated on a monthly basis, generally from four (4) to fifteen (15) months to align with the standard subscription term end date. This grants new subscribers’ access to your resource on the first day of the month after they order it. We calculate the monthly rate based on the cost of an annual term.
PASCAL signs one license on behalf of all our libraries. Institution-specific amendments or order forms/agreements are usually signed by PASCAL as well.
PASCAL uses this information to provide accurate quotes to libraries. The pricing you provide PASCAL should have a fixed expiration date and be updated annually. Changes to resource content and features should be communicated to us as well.
The PASCAL Consortial Purchasing Committee recommends these Vendor Best Practices for working with our libraries.
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