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Akademos Partners with CUNY’s Queens College to Deliver Innovative Online Bookstore Service

Posted by Nicole Cimo on February 2, 2016

New partnership will increase the availability of lower-priced used and rental textbooks, resulting in lower cost course materials for Queens College students.

Akademos, Inc., a leader in providing online bookstore services for colleges and universities, announced today that Queens College has joined its rapidly growing list of partner schools. Queens College becomes the fourth City University of New York (CUNY) institution, along with John Jay College, CUNY School of Law and Medgar Evers College, to adopt the Akademos value-based bookstore solution.

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Starting with Summer Term 2016, Queens College students can shop for textbooks and course materials in the money saving format of their choice and place orders anytime, anywhere, with a mobile-optimized online bookstore and marketplace.

Through a single sign-on integration with CUNYFirst, Queens College students will enjoy a best-in-class online shopping experience that provides them a personalized course list and lets them order in five minutes or less. In addition, the availability of lower-priced used and rental textbooks will vastly expand through the Akademos Marketplace, driving down the cost of course materials for Queens College students.

Akademos will improve the textbook adoption process for faculty through its new state-of-the-art Adoption & Analytics Portal. This software makes it easy to select high quality, low cost materials and provides valuable insight for administrators into the relationship between timely adoptions, sell-through, and academic success.

“We are confident that Akademos’ online bookstore platform will ensure our students receive the right textbooks at the most competitive prices and allow them to seamlessly order at any time, from anywhere,” said Adam Rockman, Vice President of Student Affairs of Queens College. “We believe Akademos is the best choice for our students and faculty. With its unique educational marketplace and integration, it will significantly reduce the cost and time of purchasing learning materials.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Queens College and for students from another CUNY school to experience both the savings and convenience of our unique service,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “Our commitment to continuous innovation will provide outstanding service for Queens College students, faculty, and administrators alike.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit www.akademos.com.

The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model - Updated White Paper

Posted by Jonathan Shar on January 5, 2016

To get your new year started off right, we are re-releasing our most popular white paper from the past year, The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model.

This exclusive report provides key learning and updated case studies on how institutions are successfully implementing low-cost online bookstore offerings, while building best-in-class on-campus shops.

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Download The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model White Paper today - available at no charge.

This White Paper is a must read for administrators who are evaluating their current bookstore model and considering new approachesSee how this new model can lower textbook prices and support an institution's core mission of educating students.

In addition, the white paper now includes 4 new case studies and results to date from colleges and universities that have implemented the Hybrid Model. Download The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model White Paper today - available at no charge.

Click Here to Download the Exclusive White Paper

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Life University Launches Akademos Online Bookstore

Posted by Nicole Cimo on December 3, 2015

Georgia’s Life University partners with Akademos to deliver students significant discounts on course materials and to streamline textbook adoption for faculty and administrators.

We are pleased to announce that Life Universitya thriving University rooted in innovation and purpose with the largest single-campus Doctor of Chiropractic program in the world, has joined our growing list of partner institutions.

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Starting this month, Life University students can shop for textbooks in the format of their choice across new, used, rental or eBook options and place orders anytime, anywhere through an institution-branded, mobile optimized eCommerce platform. With Akademos’ proprietary Marketplace, students can save an average of 50% - 60% off the list price on their textbook and course materials. 

Using Akademos’ new state-of-the-art Adoption & Analytics Portal, Life University’s faculty will be able to speed adoptions, reduce errors and help lower course material costs – all while preserving academic freedom. Enhanced reporting and real-time analytics will give administrators valuable insights into the relationship between timely adoptions, course material cost, sell-through and academic success.

“I am pleased to welcome Life University to Akademos,” said CEO John Squires. “We look forward to working with Life University to deliver our innovative bookstore services to students, while also assisting faculty and administrators with their textbook adoption needs.”

“We believe that our new partnership with Akademos will deliver an online bookstore solution that will dramatically reduce textbook costs and create a more convenient shopping experience for our students,” said William Jarr, Executive Vice President of Finance at Life University. “We are confident that their user-friendly, mobile-optimized Marketplace will also greatly expand their access to choose between a wide variety of textbook and course material options.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit www.akademos.com.

Why Students Are Leaving The College Bookstore - New White Paper

Posted by Jonathan Shar on December 2, 2015

Our new white paper, Why Students Are Leaving The College Bookstore, was released today and is now available for download. 

Learn from this exclusive new white paper:

  • What's driving students away from the school-sanctioned bookstore
  • The unique advantages the college bookstore has over non-affiliated third party providers
  • The secret to winning back your students

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Click Here to Download the Exclusive White Paper

Find out how other institutions are transforming their college bookstores into a best-in-class student service and seeing significant improvements in textbook affordabilitystudent satisfaction, and bookstore utilization - even as student demands for accessibility, convenience, and affordability accelerate.

Download Why Students Are Leaving The College Bookstore today - available at no charge.

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Best Practices For Textbook Adoption - White Paper Now Available

Posted by Jonathan Shar on November 2, 2015

Our new Best Practices for Textbook Adoption White Paper was released today and is now available for immediate download.    

Highlighting best practices to support well informed, timely course material adoptions - this new resource will help make the adoption process easier for college administrators and faculty, while preserving academic freedom.

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Click Here to Download the Exclusive White Paper

This is a must read for institutions who are interested in streamlining the process of adopting course materials with a focus on:

  • Saving faculty and administrators valuable time
  • Providing useful recommendations to support HEOA compliance
  • Making the process easier for all key stakeholders
  • Supporting textbook affordability and student savings

Download the Best Practices for Textbook Adoption White Paper today - available to all colleges and universities at no charge.

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Akademos Launches New Textbook Adoption & Analytics Portal

Posted by Jonathan Shar on November 2, 2015

Today, Akademos, Inc. announced the release of a new software platform designed to make the adoption of textbooks and course materials easier and less time consuming for the entire campus community.  The new state-of-the-art portal will streamline the adoption process and provide clarity and much needed transparency around course materials pricing and process deadlines. Enhanced reporting and real-time analytics will give administrators valuable insights into the relationship between course material cost, sell-through and academic success.

Key Product Features and Benefits include:

  • SIS/ERP integration automatically pre-loads all courses, faculty users and adoption history
  • Communication hub sends and tracks messages regarding adoptions, replacing email chains, interoffice memos and PDFs
  • Customized timeline clarifies an institution’s process deadlines and drives HEOA compliance
  • Recommendation engine makes it easy for professors to search for and evaluate, high-quality, low-cost course materials
  • Enhanced real-time reporting and analytics dashboards

New Adoption & Analytics Portal for Colleges and Universities

“Our new offering will improve communication, speed adoptions, reduce errors and help lower course material costs--all while preserving academic freedom,” said John Squires, CEO of Akademos.” If administrators and faculty are given the proper tools to make informed decisions, we believe both textbook affordability and student outcomes will improve.”

Initial feedback on the new portal from administrators and faculty has been extremely positive.

“The adoption portal is easy for faculty to use and the administrative tools help save valuable time throughout the adoption and textbook ordering processes.” – Administration, Central College

“The new portal is so easy to use and will save value time and provide much needed visibility throughout the process” – Faculty, The College of Mount Saint Vincent

In addition to the new portal, Akademos also announced the release of a New White Paper - Best Practices for Textbook Adoption. Highlighting best practices to support well informed, timely course material adoptions, this new resource will help make the adoption process easier for college administrators and faculty, while preserving academic freedom. The White Paper is a must read for institutions who are interested in streamlining the process of adopting course materials and provides useful recommendations to support HEOA compliance and lowering the cost of course materials for students.

The new Adoption & Analytics Portal is part of Akademos’ Online Bookstore offering for colleges and universities.   To learn more about this new software, please visit http://akademos.com/products. To request a copy of the new White Paper and to see how Akademos’ full suite of online bookstore services is expanding affordable textbook options for college students and increasing bookstore utilization, visit http://www.akademos.com.

The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model - Webinar Materials Available

Posted by Nicole Cimo on October 21, 2015

Last week we were joined by Derrick Singleton, VP of Operations and Sustainability of Berea College, and John Squires, CEO of Akademos for an informative webinar highlighting "The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model”. If you were unable to join us for this discussion, we wanted to make the presentation and recording of the session available for download at no cost by clicking here.

Capture-1The feedback from attendees has been extremely positive. Participants found the discussion to be highly informative, relevant and engaging. This session provided a first-hand look at:

  • The challenges Berea College faced regarding student satisfaction and textbook affordability 
  • How Berea implemented a new model combining an online bookstore offering lower priced textbooks with a best-in-class on-campus shop
  • Berea's results to date on bookstore utilization, textbook prices and key lessons learned from this new bookstore and campus shop model

Click here to request webinar materials See how these and other important topics are addressed in this interactive webinar. The recording of the session and presentation materials are available to you and others at your institution at no cost.

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New Webinar Registration Now Open: The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model

Posted by Nicole Cimo on September 30, 2015

Please note: this webinar has ended, but the recording and presentation materials are available to you at no cost by clicking here.


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for a new webinar featuring an interactive discussion and live case study on the hybrid college bookstore model.

Register for Free Today: The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model
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For many institutions the bookstore is an integral part of the campus experience. However, maintaining a campus shop has become increasingly challenging as competition from online, third-party providers has intensified and students are leaving the school-sanctioned bookstore in search of better pricing. 

In this special interactive webinarlearn how institutions are winning back studentsgrowing sales and positioning themselves to thrive in the future by implementing a new model that combines an online bookstore offering lower priced textbooks with a best-in-class on-campus shop. 



This live webinar is on Tuesday, October 13 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET and will feature:

  • Derrick Singleton, VP of Operations and Sustainability, Berea College
  • John Squires, CEO, Akademos, Inc.

Space is limited - so register today!  

Click here to request webinar materials

 

This webinar is being produced in conjuction with NACAS' Online Education and Business Innovation Forum.

The Future of College Bookstore Services – New eBook Now Available

Posted by Jonathan Shar on September 21, 2015

Strategic insights on how to meet the demands for lower cost textbooks, more choice and convenience for students, and enhanced tools and services for administrators and faculty.

Today, we announced the release of an exciting new eBook highlighting what the future holds for college bookstore services. 

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Download The Future of College Bookstore Services eBook today

Since 1978, college textbook prices have grown 945%, increasing 3.5x times faster than the Consumer Price Index. College administrators, faculty, students, and parents are increasingly concerned about the escalating cost of textbooks. Colleges are now searching for new solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students.

The Future of College Bookstore Services eBook highlights:

  • The challenges college administrators face regarding the cost of textbooks and course materials
  • Proprietary research providing an important snapshot of the current market landscape, key developing trends, and revealing data points that suggest how bookstore services will need to adapt going forward
  • Case studies and best practices of new bookstore service models that a growing number of institutions have already implemented and are seeing immediate results
  • Potential solutions to enable institutions to thrive in the future  

“The Future of College Bookstore Services eBook provides a roadmap for college and university administrators to help navigate the challenges they face regarding the cost and distribution of textbooks and course materials.” said Jonathan Shar, Chief Marketing Officer of Akademos. “While every campus is unique and requires a customized solution to address many distinct challenges, the one thing that is clear is that the time to take action is now.”

Click Here to Request the Exclusive eBook

To download a copy of The Future of College Bookstore Services eBook, go to http://info.akademos.com/future-college-bookstore-services. This exclusive eBook is available at no charge.

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College Textbooks: The Need For a New Approach

Posted by Nicole Cimo on August 19, 2015

Since 1978, college textbook prices have grown 945%, increasing 3.5x times faster than the Consumer Price Index. Administrators, faculty, and students are increasingly concerned about the escalating cost of textbooks. Colleges are now searching for new solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students.

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Recent studies have shown that many students are opting not to buy textbooks for at least one of their courses due to these high prices, leading to students being less prepared for class, and negatively impacting their academic performance. Left unchecked, these factors may undermine the fundamental mission of many colleges and universities.

According to Naomi Baron, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University, faculty members and students are in a predicament over how to handle high textbook costs. In her recent article, A Smarter Approach to College Textbooks, she goes deep into this concern, as well as spotlights how students are opting to do away with purchasing or renting textbooks all together.

The article also makes some interesting suggestions on how to start addressing these issues, and the need for collaboration across faculty, students, administrators, and textbook publishers. We also think that the college bookstore service should play a key role in driving this collaboration across all campus stakeholders, and facilitating a win-win solution for each institution.

The good news for students is that many institutions across the country have acknowledged that solving the challenge of providing affordable textbooks is a key priority. In fact, a growing number of institutions have already taken action and are starting to see positive results in saving students money, improving bookstore utilization, and increasing student satisfaction. To learn more about best practices these institutions have implemented, download any of our free white papers or register today for a personalized 1:1 discussion

 

 

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