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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.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

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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Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

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

Topics: New Bookstore Models

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.

Topics: Bookstore Sales, Research

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.

Topics: Textbook Adoption

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.

Topics: Textbook Adoption