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How to Impact College Student Preparedness

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on April 28, 2016

A recent survey conducted by Akademos on college student textbook purchasing and bookstore services revealed a troubling trend - a large percentage of students wait until on or after the first day of class to order course materials.

Student unpreparedness is an issue with far-reaching consequences. Students who begin courses without the required materials invariably end up trying to play catch-up – and the longer they wait to get their books, the farther behind they’re likely to fall - and the worse they’re likely to perform.

However, the survey results also uncovered that there’s an actionable way to address this issue – which is good news for colleges and universities.

The data reveal that the main reason students don’t have their course materials on the first day of class is insufficient communication. Most students wait to order materials because they want to confirm what materials are absolutely necessary (83%) and because they’re just unaware of what’s required (44%).

On the other hand, 79% of these students stated they would purchase their materials in advance if the professor clearly communicated what’s required and what materials they’re expected to have on the first day of class.

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These data points clearly indicate that taking action to improve communication around required materials could have a huge positive impact on student preparedness and ultimately, academic success. Colleges and universities must take a close look at how, what and when they’re communicating course material requirements and take steps to address any shortfalls. Steps to consider include:

  • Implementing a course materials communication plan: This plan should outline when and how course materials should be communicated to students as well as how compliance will be enforced.
  • Setting standards for course-related information: Institutions should consider setting standards for course descriptions, syllabi and other course-related information to ensure they clearly state what materials are required and what students must have on the first day of class.

Request a complimentary copy of our white paper to learn more about the role communication plays in student preparedness and review the full results of our 2016 College and University Student Survey on Course Material Purchasing and Bookstore Services.

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Akademos & Sweet Briar College Partner to Provide Students with Substantial Textbook Savings

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on April 21, 2016

The Akademos online bookstore and marketplace will offer Sweet Briar students significant savings on course materials while providing the unmatched convenience of anytime, anywhere ordering

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of college bookstore solutions and integrated online marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that Sweet Briar College (sbc.edu) , a private, not-for-profit college for women, has joined its fast-growing list of partner schools. Sweet Briar College, located in central Virginia, was named one of the Top 10 Best Private Colleges in the South and one of the Top 10 Best Women’s Colleges by Forbes. It is the fourth Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) member institution to adopt the Akademos online bookstore solution – the others include Bridgewater College, Mary Baldwin College and Roanoke College.

Starting Fall Term 2016, Sweet Briar students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats on any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students will save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks.

The next-generation Akademos online shopping platform will be fully integrated with Sweet Briar’s student information system (SIS), enabling students to automatically see the textbooks required for their courses and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students will also be able to seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases.sweet-briar-college-logo.jpg

In addition, Sweet Briar faculty and administrators will be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal to streamline the textbook adoption process. The portal provides easy access to course adoption history and visibility into course material pricing to help instructors select books that are both high quality and affordable.

“When our students struggle financially to purchase the materials they need for academic success it jeopardizes our mission to create a supportive educational environment,” said Pamela DeWeese, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs, Sweet Briar College. “Partnering with Akademos helps fulfill this important part of our mission by enabling us to offer students high-quality textbooks at the lowest possible price, and by giving our faculty powerful tools for assessing book costs.”

“By providing significant textbook savings, our unique e-commerce platform and marketplace will enable Sweet Briar students to focus less on how they’re going to afford their textbooks and more on their studies,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “We’re looking forward to working with Sweet Briar to launch a state-of-the-art online bookstore with a highly personalized, intuitive and expeditious book-buying experience.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly reduce textbook costs for students.

 

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College Student Survey Provides Important Insights into Textbook Purchasing & Bookstore Services

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on April 14, 2016

The results of our first comprehensive college student survey are now available in a new white
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. This white paper, available free-of-charge, provides valuable insights on why many college students don't purchase their required course materials and are turning away from the school-sanctioned bookstore.  Other issues explored in this new resource include:

  • The cost students pay academically for high textbook prices

  • How poor communication about course material requirements is affecting student success

  • How key factors such as convenience are causing students to abandon school-sanctioned bookstores

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The survey results reveal important statistics that indicate institutions should take a close look at their own students’ attitudes and behaviors related to textbook costs and bookstore services:

  • 40% of students surveyed only purchase some or none of their required course materials

  • 39% of students surveyed have taken a course without the required materials because they’re too expensive. 60% of them think they would have performed better if they’d had the materials.

  • 49% of students surveyed always or usually purchase textbooks from Amazon

  • 44% hardly or never purchase from the on campus bookstore.

  • 37% of students surveyed wait until on or after the first day of class to acquire their materials

In addition, the white paper delivers actionable recommendations administrators and campus shop operators can use to reduce textbook costs, improve student satisfaction with bookstore services and increase bookstore sales.

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Akademos Partners with Missouri Valley College to Improve Textbook Affordability and Convenience for Students

Posted by Jonathan Shar on March 17, 2016

To deliver students significant savings on textbooks and course materials, Missouri Valley College selects Akademos to provide an innovative online bookstore service and marketplace.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, is delighted to announce that Missouri Valley College (www.moval.edu), a private career-oriented liberal arts college known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment that prepares students to succeed in a knowledge-based global society, has joined its growing list of partner institutions.

Beginning summer term 2016, Missouri Valley College students can shop for textbooks and course materials in the format of their choice across new, used, rental or eBook options and place orders anytime, anywhere through the mobile optimized online bookstore. With Akademos’ best-in-class online shopping platform students will be able to save on average 60% off the list price of their course materials when ordering through the exclusive Akademos Marketplace.

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“We are very pleased that Akademos is helping Missouri Valley College improve textbook affordability for our students,” said Greg Silvey, Chief Financial Officer at Missouri Valley College. “The new online bookstore will offer a state of the art commerce solution, improving the textbook purchasing process and experience for our students.”

In addition, faculty and administrators will be able to take advantage of Akademos’ state-of-the-art Adoption & Analytics Portal to streamline the adoption process and provide real-time reporting and analytics.

“I am excited to welcome Missouri Valley College to Akademos,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We look forward to using our vast experience serving colleges and universities across the country to provide a world-class student experience that will facilitate the delivery of the right course materials at the right prices - and positively impact student achievement.”

To learn more about how your institution can work with Akademos to deliver significant savings on textbooks and course materials for your students, click here.

 

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Akademos Partners with Clark University to Deliver Students Significant Savings on Textbooks and Course Materials

Posted by Jonathan Shar on February 16, 2016

In an effort to improve textbook affordability and convenience for students, Clark University chooses Akademos, an innovative online bookstore service dedicated to supporting student success.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, is happy to announce that Clark University (www.clark.edu), a private, non-profit university located in Worcester, MA named by Forbes as one the country’s most entrepreneurial schools, has joined its growing list of partner institutions.

Beginning summer term 2016, Clark 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 the mobile optimized online bookstore. With Akademos’ best-in-class online shopping platform and deep SIS integration, students will now be able to complete their entire textbook ordering for a term in less than 5 minutes - and save on average 60% off the list price of their course materials when ordering through the exclusive Akademos Marketplace.

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“We are very pleased that Akademos is helping Clark University improve the textbook purchasing process and experience for our students,” said Julie Dolan, Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Clark University. “The cost of textbooks is an important consideration for students, so transitioning to Akademos’ online bookstore will be of real value to our students and their families.”

Students will be able to log in to Clark University’s virtual bookstore and view an automatically-generated list of textbooks associated specifically with their registered courses. As an added benefit, students will also have the option to pay with their Clark OneCard. By improving the delivery of the right course materials at the right prices, Clark University is confident in its ability to positively impact student achievement.

 “I am pleased to welcome Clark University to Akademos,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We look forward to using our vast experience serving colleges across the country to deliver a world-class eCommerce platform for Clark University students, faculty, and administrators.”

To learn more about how your institution can work with Akademos to deliver significant savings on textbooks and course materials for your students, click here.

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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.

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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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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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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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