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Presbyterian College Partners with Akademos to Address Textbook Affordability

The Akademos online bookstore and Marketplace will provide students with lower cost course materials and highly personalized service

Presbyterian_College_logoPresbyterian College has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students save on course materials. The College offers a rigorous education with a built-in support network, inspiring students to learn and value service along the way. Over one thousand students attend the College, which will launch its online bookstore to support its Fall Term 2018.

Seamless integration between the Institution’s student information system and our Course Materials Platform (CMP)TM will allow students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for each of their courses, and to order materials for an entire term in less than 5 minutes.   A wide selection across new, used, rental, and eBook formats will be offered, and when using our proprietary peer-to-peer Marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks, students will save an average of 60% off of the list price of their course materials. Additionally, students will have the freedom to use financial aid on all purchases, including significantly discounted Marketplace items.

 "I am excited about the new partnership between PC and Akademos for our online bookstore,” said Don Raber, Provost, Presbyterian College. “I believe students will value the variety of formats, delivery options, and flexibility on buyback that Akademos provides, and I am confident faculty will appreciate the ability to create custom course packs, to add ancillaries, and to have a streamlined portal for placing and reviewing orders for materials."   

 The online bookstore will also support the College’s faculty and administrators, who will benefit from an easy-to-use and powerful Adoption & Analytics Portal. This platform offers a step-by-step guide for textbook adoptions, recommendations and adoption history, and the ability to compare real-time prices for course materials. The analytics tool will also enable faculty and the College’s leadership to track critical data, including student purchasing and bookstore utilization, in aggregate for the entire institution – and down to the individual class level – that can be easily merged with the institution’s student success database. 

 “Our peer-to-peer Marketplace substantially reduces the cost of course materials for students by bringing buyers and sellers together in a transparent environment, in which new and used books are bought and sold at the true market rate,” said John Squires, CEO, Akademos. “We’re pleased to partner with Presbyterian College to offer their students lower prices, more personalized service and a wider variety of course materials.”

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