For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Purchasing Frequently Asked Questions
What is Centralized Purchasing?
Centralized purchasing is a system by which the authority, responsibility and control of purchasing activities is concentrated in one administrative unit. At the Academy, the administrative unit that has such control is the purchasing department. As a public institution, the Academy is governed by the laws and regulations that pertain to purchasing in higher education as established by the Commonwealth and the Academy’s board of trustees. Centralized purchasing provides the checks and balances that are necessary to ensure that goods and services are purchased within such laws and regulations, from responsible sources and at the best possible prices.
What is Hybrid Purchasing?
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy, like all other members of the Commonwealth University system, utilizes a hybrid purchasing model. In the hybrid purchasing process the supplier selection and terms and pricing functions are performed by a centralized Purchasing Department. In addition to the THE ACADEMY Purchasing Department this includes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Operational Services Division (OSD), the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC), The Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) and PACE (Partnership for Collaboration & Efficiencies).
Preparation of Purchase Requisitions and small dollar (including P-Card) purchases are decentralized as is the auditing of supplier and contractor invoices. The audit function is often performed by departmental faculty and staff who utilized the goods and services or by external entities as in the case of DCAMM and MSCBA through their contract manager.