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The City University of New York selects Akademos as its exclusive online bookstore provider

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on February 2, 2017

Utilizing innovative eCommerce service, CUNY colleges will offer students significant textbook savings while enabling faculty to easily evaluate and adopt all course materials

Final CUNY logo.jpgThe City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university, has partnered with Akademos to provide online bookstore services that will give students access to a vast selection of low-cost textbooks along with a convenient, personalized ordering experience.  

Students from twelve CUNY colleges will be able to shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats from any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore.  Students using Akademos’ proprietary peer-to-peer marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks will save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials.

“Governor Cuomo has announced an important initiative to make CUNY’s two- and four-year colleges tuition-free for many of New York’s middle class families. The partnership between CUNY and Akademos will further the Governor’s goal of affordability by addressing the rising cost of textbooks, a challenge CUNY students have been facing for some time,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken.

Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz added: “Our experience shows that students who purchase their textbooks are more likely to succeed in their courses of study.  I am delighted that we are addressing this textbook affordability barrier while helping all CUNY students. Our students and faculty have responded well to the value and service Akademos already provides four of our colleges, and we are pleased to extend this service to additional CUNY colleges.” 

After a competitive vetting and bidding process, CUNY selected Akademos as its exclusive vendor for online bookstore services.  Akademos currently serves Queens College, John Jay College, Medgar Evers College and CUNY School of Law.  Over the next year, eight additional CUNY colleges will transition to Akademos service, including: Hunter College, Brooklyn College, City College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, York College, School of Professional Studies, and Guttman Community College.  Thereafter, remaining CUNY colleges may select and utilize Akademos’ services if they wish.

“We are thrilled that CUNY selected Akademos as its exclusive online bookstore provider,” said John Squires, Akademos CEO.  “We are eager to work with CUNY colleges to help lower the cost of learning materials, by providing students new low-cost choices from our broad supply of providers.  In addition, our advanced faculty adoption software and curriculum consulting services will aid faculty in selecting innovative, high-quality materials for instruction that may further reduce costs for CUNY students and support the educational mission of the colleges.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly improve textbook affordability for students.

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability, Textbook Adoption, Academic Success, Partnerships, Textbook Accessibility

Akademos & University of Great Falls Partner to Lower Textbook Costs

Posted by Natassia Tanaka on November 29, 2016

The Akademos online bookstore solution will offer UGF students significant textbook savings while enabling faculty to easily evaluate and adopt low-cost course material options

University of Great Falls (UGF) has joined Akademos' fast-growing list of partner schools. University of Great Falls, a private, Roman Catholic, liberal arts university based in Great Falls, Montana, offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees through both onsite and distance learning.UGF logo-1.jpg

Starting Spring semester 2017, UGF 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 can save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 18 million unique titles.

The next-generation Akademos online shopping platform will be fully integrated with UGF’s student information system (SIS), enabling students to see a personalized listing of 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.The online storefront will become UGF’s exclusive school-sanctioned bookstore, with the campus store selling items including spirit wear and general merchandise.

In addition, the Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal will increase adoption process efficiency by enabling administrators to track textbook adoption progress across individual departments and the entire system. It will also make it easy for faculty to select affordable, high-quality books by providing visibility into the real-time prices for course materials in multiple formats, and enabling faculty to receive personal consultations on alternative, low-cost learning materials.

“Partnering with Akademos enables us to offer our students the lowest possible textbook costs by providing them with access to a vast selection of affordable used, rental and eBook materials through the Akademos peer-to-peer Marketplace,” said Stacey Eve, vice president for finance and human resources at UGF. “Additionally, Akademos’ Adoption & Analytics Portal allows us to significantly streamline our currently manua ltextbook adoption process and arm our faculty with tools and services that can further improve textbook affordability for our students.”

“In order to effectively compete with low-cost online retailers and better support academic success, institutions are transitioning to new, sustainable bookstore models that serve students, faculty and other stakeholders now and in the future,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “By moving to a new bookstore model that facilitates the sale of low-cost textbooks and supports a profitable on-campus general merchandise store, University of Great Falls will provide its students, administration, faculty and alumni with the best of both worlds.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly improve textbook affordability for students.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

Akademos & Beaufort County Community College Partner to Improve Textbook Affordability

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on October 27, 2016

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

Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) has joined Akademos' fast-growing list of partner schools. BCCC, a public institution based in Washington, North Carolina, provides aBCCC Gulls Logo in Blue.jpgssociate degree, diploma, certificate and continuing education programs for Arts and Sciences, Business/Industry and Allied Health. These programs are designed to help students transfer to a four-year college or go directly into the workforce, as well as serve individuals that simply wish to advance their skills.

Starting Spring Term 2017, BCCC 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 can save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 18 million unique titles.

The next-generation Akademos online shopping platform will be fully integrated with BCCC’s student information system (SIS), enabling students to see a personalized listing of 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.

“The high cost of course materials was making it increasingly difficult for us to fulfill our mission to provide our students with an accessible and affordable education,” said Mark Nelson, vice president of administration, BCCC. “Partnering with Akademos enables us to bring down student costs by providing our students with an unmatched selection of affordable course materials in a wide variety of formats and purchase options.”

“Our unique marketplace and e-commerce platform will provide BCCC students with the choice, value and convenience they demand,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “We’re looking forward to working with BCCC to provide their students with a highly personalized and intuitive course material ordering experience.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly improve textbook affordability for students.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

Akademos Launches New Curriculum Development Service for College Faculty

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on September 21, 2016

Partnership with NobleStream provides faculty with individual consultations for the selection of innovative, low-cost learning materials

Akademos has launched a custom curriculum development service for college faculty that helps institutions improve textbook affordability and educational outcomes.Akademos_Curriculum_Services_logo.jpg

Akademos Curriculum Services™ provides faculty with personal consultations on new learning models and course material choices that support faculty and student success by improving access to alternative, low-cost options. Through a strategic partnership with education consulting firm NobleStream, faculty at Akademos’ 120+ partner institutions can engage with NobleStream course advisors and explore opportunities to use unique courseware from best-in-class educational providers. Key features include:

  • Discovery of solution providers in the Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal with easy “one-click” faculty scheduling for consultations

  • Custom course pricing options that dramatically reduce costs while providing high-quality digital course materials and relevant, advanced instructional products

  • One-stop access to a suite of innovative educational solution providers including Fulcrum Labs, Lrnr, MindEdge, panOpen, uCertify and many more to help faculty evaluate and select the most appropriate resources for meeting their learning objectives

“We’ve had a profound impact on reducing students’ costs by providing them more affordable purchase options, including our unique educational marketplace,” said Akademos CEO John Squires. “In addition, our advanced faculty software and services dramatically improve the speed and accuracy of course material adoptions. Now, through our partnership with NobleStream, we’ve added a vital resource to course material discovery that informs faculty about new materials that can improve the classroom experience and significantly lower student costs.”

“Akademos is a leader in creating value for colleges and universities, and we are delighted to extend their reach by playing an active role in helping faculty drive student and institutional success,“ said NobleStream Managing Partner Howard Weiner. “NobleStream’s portfolio of educational companies are innovators in instructional design, and they are ideally-matched to provide custom solutions for Akademos partner institutions.”

To request more information visit info.akademos.com/learn-more

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

Akademos & Peru State Reduce Textbook Costs & Improve the Adoption Process

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on July 27, 2016

Akademos online marketplace saves students up to 60% off the list price of course materials

Peru State College, a public, four-year institution and Nebraska’s first college, has partnered with Akademos to significantly reduce textbook costs, improve the efficiency of the textbook adoption process and empower faculty to select affordable, high-quality course materials.peru-state-logo.jpg

Peru State students can now 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. They save an average of 60% off the list price of course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks.

The Akademos online shopping platform is fully integrated with Peru State’s student information system (SIS), enabling students to see a personalized list of required textbooks and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students can also seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases. The online storefront has become Peru State’s exclusive school-sanctioned bookstore, with the campus store selling items including spirit wear and general merchandise.

In addition, the Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal increases adoption process efficiency by enabling administrators to track textbook adoption progress across individual departments and the entire system. The Portal also makes it easy for faculty to select affordable, high-quality books by providing full visibility into textbook adoption history and real-time prices for course materials in multiple formats.

“With more and more of our students choosing to purchase textbooks from third party websites, it became clear that transitioning to an online bookstore was the only way we could provide them with the savings, selection and convenience they demand,” comments Tim Borchers, vice president, academic affairs for Peru State College.“The Akademos college bookstore solution was the best choice for us because it offers our students unbeatable textbook prices and provides state-of-the-art adoption tools that drive process efficiencies while ensuring our faculty make cost-conscious adoption decisions.”

“Many institutions recognize that transitioning to an online bookstore improves textbook affordability, however, the impact that advanced adoption tools can have on textbook costs is often overlooked,” states John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “By recognizing how providing faculty with information such as comparative pricing encourages the adoption of affordable course materials, Peru State is ahead of the game.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly lower textbook prices for students.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability, Textbook Adoption

Akademos & Presentation College Launch Online Bookstore Offering Affordable Textbooks

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on July 19, 2016

Hybrid bookstore model enables Presentation to offer low-cost textbooks online and a wider selection of merchandise on campus

Akademos has partnered with Presentation College to launch an online bookstore website giving students access to a vast selection of low-cost textbooks along with a convenient, personalized and fast ordering experience. Presentation College, named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service, is an independent Catholic institution based in South Dakota with a focus on presentation-college.jpgthe education of health care professionals.

Presentation College is implementing the “hybrid bookstore model,” which enables the institution to offer all course materials through the low-cost online bookstore and leverage its on-campus shop to sell a wide variety of ”Spirit” wear and general merchandise.

Presentation students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats from any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students 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 Akademos online shopping platform is scheduled to be fully integrated with Presentation’s student information system (SIS), which will enable students to see a personalized list of required textbooks 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.

“Transitioning to a fully-virtual, low-cost bookstore with a marketplace was a natural choice given that most of our students are already accustomed to comparison shopping for just about everything on the internet,” stated Presentation College Vice President for Finance Cathy Hall. “The hybrid model allows us to significantly improve textbook affordability while maximizing the profitability of our on-campus shop by offering a wider selection of other items.”

“While price is and always will be a key driver behind where students choose to purchase their course materials, the results of our recent college student survey show that the importance of convenience should not be underestimated,” commented John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “The Akademos online bookstore solution provides Presentation students with the ultimate textbook ordering experience by offering low prices and a high level of convenience in addition to a fully personalized course materials list.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly improve textbook affordability for students.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability, New Bookstore Models

Akademos & Lancaster County Career & Tech Center Reduce Textbook Costs

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on July 11, 2016

Akademos online bookstore solution enables students across multiple campuses to conveniently purchase low-cost textbooks

Akademos and Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) have launched an online bookstore enabling LCCTC students at multiple campuses to purchase low-cost Lancaster-County-CTC-Logo.jpgcourse materials anytime, anywhere. LCCTC, based in Southeastern Pennsylvania, was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

Students in LCCTC programs including Agriscience, Information Technology, Culinary Arts and
other areas can now 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 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.

“Until now our students have purchased textbooks through our registrar, or they were included with tuition. Our new Specialized Associate’s Degree programs provided an avenue to look at alternatives that would increase efficiency and improve textbook affordability,” comments David Warren, executive director, LCCTC. “The Akademos online bookstore solution allows us to accomplish both of those goals while providing students with an exceptional purchasing experience and the anytime, anywhere convenience of internet ordering.”

“This partnership helps LCCTC save its students money and alleviates the need for the registrar’s office and other departments to manage the logistics of textbook ordering and delivery,” states John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “Our end-to-end online bookstore solution enables LCCTC to enhance student satisfaction while allowing its staff to focus on achieving its mission to prepare people for skilled, innovative and productive careers.”

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution significantly improve textbook affordability for students.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

RedShelf & Akademos Partner to Deliver Affordable Digital Course Materials

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on June 23, 2016

Partnership will provide eLearning content to students at over 120 colleges and universities nationwide

Starting this July, RedShelf, one of the fastest-growing distributors of eTextbooks in the U.S., will distribute digital course materials through Akademos. A new strategic partnership between the two companies will offer students state-of-the-art digital materials at prices that are uredshelf-akademos-partnership.jpgp to 60% lower than the cost of printed course materials.

Akademos’ customized, online bookstore solutions support over 120 colleges and universities nationwide. In 2015, Akademos saved students over $11 million in textbook costs, furthering its mission to meet the increasing demand for affordable and accessible course materials.

“Joining forces with RedShelf significantly expands our selection of low-cost educational materials while providing students with an exceptional digital reading experience,” stated John Squires, chief executive officer of Akademos. “This partnership allows us to enhance support for our partner schools as more and more students make the transition from printed to electronic materials.”

By using RedShelf’s clean, cloud-based eReader platform, students will have access to a database of over 300,000 eTextbook titles through Akademos’ online bookstore and marketplace services. The eReader will also provide eLearning tools including highlighting, flashcards and search and define to enhance the student learning experience.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Akademos to reduce the cost of course materials, enhance the teaching and learning experiences for faculty and students, and make digital content more accessible,” commented Greg Fenton, chief executive officer and co-founder of RedShelf.

RedShelf’s rapid expansion in the marketplace for students making the shift from print to digital textbooks can be seen through its partnerships with over 430 college bookstores worldwide.

“Creating software that keeps students focused on content, pedagogy and learning is helping to elevate the eTextbook experience on campuses across the country,” Fenton added. “This important partnership with Akademos allows us to reach even more students and continue to work towards our shared mission of providing affordable course materials to students everywhere.”

Learn more about how you can improve textbook affordability with Akademos solutions. 

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

Akademos & Kansas City University Partner to Improve Textbook Affordability

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on June 15, 2016

Akademos online college bookstore solution will provide students with an unrivaled selection of course materials at the lowest possible cost

Akademos announced today that it has partnered with Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) to lower textbook costs and provide students with expanded course material options. KCU is the largest medical school in Missouri and the 12th largest in the United States.

Starting in July 2016, KCU students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats
 on any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized AkaKansasCityUniversity_Primary_horiz_4color.pngdemos 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 online storefront will become KCU’s exclusive school-sanctioned bookstore. The campus store will sell items including spirit wear, snacks and general merchandise.

“Based on sales data and talking to our students it became obvious students were not utilizing the on-campus bookstore to purchase their books,” said Jim Herrington, director of campus operations, KCU. “We needed a fresh approach so we chose to initiate a hybrid store model and selected Akademos to help us with the online bookstore because we believe their unique business model can offer our students better service and the lowest possible prices.”

“With many college bookstores experiencing declining textbook sales, it’s become increasingly common for institutions to move to a hybrid bookstore model that enables them to have both a successful low-cost online bookstore and a state-of-the-art on-campus shop,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “KCU is taking a very commendable step by fully embracing emerging technology to significantly improve textbook affordability for its students.”

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

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability

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.

 

Topics: Company News, Textbook Affordability