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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

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“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

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.

Topics: New Bookstore Models

Pratt Institute to Launch Akademos Online Bookstore

Posted by Jonathan Shar on August 11, 2015

New York’s prestigious Pratt Institute partners with Akademos to deliver students significant discounts on course materials

We are pleased to announce that Pratt Institute, a renowned New York City-based college that educates creative thinkers from around the world, has joined our rapidly growing list of partner schools.

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Beginning this fall, Pratt students can shop for more affordable books in different formats, including new, used, rental, or eBook. Orders can be placed at any time through the new customized online bookstore and marketplace at pratt.bookstore.edu. With Akademos’ mobile online shopping platform, students can save an average of 30 - 40 percent on the cost of their course materials and receive unparalleled convenience.

“We believe that our new partnership with Akademos will deliver an online bookstore solution that will greatly benefit Pratt students and faculty,” said Cathleen Kenny, vice president of finance and administration at Pratt Institute. “Akademos’ online Marketplace aligns with our students’ demand for competitively priced textbooks, and their innovative faculty resource tools and account management services will improve the efficiency of our textbook adoption process.”

“We look forward to partnering with Pratt Institute,” said Akademos Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “Our mission is singularly focused on providing the highest quality customized virtual bookstore services for colleges and universities across the country and we are thrilled to be working with Pratt to power its online storefront and to reduce costs and drive value for its students.”

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

Topics: Company News

How Colleges Bookstores Can Thrive With The New Hybrid Bookstore Model – Exclusive White Paper Now Available

Posted by Jonathan Shar on July 29, 2015

The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model White Paper was released today and is now available for download. 

This exclusive report provides key learning on how institutions are successfully implementing a low-cost online bookstore offering, while building a best-in-class on-campus shop.

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

For many institutions, the college bookstore is an integral part of the campus experience, but maintaining a vibrant retail 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 on their textbooks and course materials.

This new White Paper is a must read for administrators who are critically evaluating their current bookstore model and considering new approaches. Learn how college bookstores can win back students, thrive in the future - and review key steps for establishing this new model, including:

  • Creating a vision for a new store strategy
  • Online service requirements
  • New potential services
  • Revenue-generating product ideas
  • Managing the transition

Click Here to Download the Exclusive White Paper

 

Topics: New Bookstore Models

Research Finds Strong Correlation Between Textbook Affordability Programs and College Student Satisfaction

Posted by Jonathan Shar on July 22, 2015

According to research results highlighted in The 2015 survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery White Papercreating a formalized textbook affordability program is the key to unlocking student and faculty satisfaction. 

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One of the most important insights from our 2015 survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery is that having a formal program to help faculty select high-quality, low-cost course materials directly correlates with higher student and faculty satisfaction. However, only 21% of institutions in the survey reported that they have a formal program.

This piece of data should be very actionable for most institutions and does not require a major investment or implementation of complex technology. Our new white paper includes some best practices for textbook affordability programs so that every institution can start the process of implementing a program for their campus. 

Click here to download the survey results white paper

Topics: Research, Textbook Affordability