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Webinar Materials Available: Best Practices for Transitioning to a Hybrid Bookstore Model

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on October 18, 2017

Interactive session featured two live case studies from institutions that have successfully transitioned to a new future-proof model

Yesterday's Key Lessons & Best Practices for Transitioning to a HWebinar Session Materials.pngybrid Bookstore Model Webinar provided attendees with a road map and key insights on how to successfully transition course materials to an online bookstore and enhance the campus store.

Featured panelists Paul Wykes, Chief University Budget Officer of Clark University; Stephanie Henning, Registrar of Central College, and John Squires, CEO of Akademos, reviewed the following topics:

  • Why they considered a new bookstore model for their institution
  • The options, evaluation and implementation process
  • The key benefits of making this transitioning, including leveraging technology to drive textbook affordability; improve the student purchasing experience and the faculty book adoption process
  • How moving to a general merchandise only campus store enabled them to focus on the institution's brand and offerings
  • Results-to-date at each of the two institutions
  • Best practices and key lessons learned from their first-hand experiences

To learn more about how the hybrid bookstore model can help your institution drive textbook affordability, support the advancement of digital course materials and eLearning models, and provide an innovative campus store environment for the community, request your free copy of the session's materials today.

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Topics: Company News, Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability, Hybrid Bookstore Model

New Webinar: Key Lessons & Best Practices for Transitioning to a Hybrid Bookstore Model

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on October 3, 2017

Free webinar session will feature expert panelists from two institutions and Akademos

Register for our new webinar on October 17th, 2017 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM EST. This live interactive session will provide powerful insights, key lessons learned and best practices for successfully transitioning to a new hybrid college bookstore model.Webinar Thumbnail.jpg

The session will feature the following senior administrators
and industry experts:

  • Paul Wykes, Chief University Budget Officer, Clark University

  • Stephanie Henning, Registrar, Central College

  • John Squires, Chief Executive Officer, Akademos, Inc.


Please join us at the Key Lessons & Best Practices for Transitioning to a Hybrid Bookstore Model Webinar and learn how the hybrid bookstore model can drive textbook affordability, support the advancement of digital course materials and eLearning models, and provide an innovative campus store environment for your institution.

Register Now!Space is limited. Register today.

Topics: Company News, Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

New Webinar: City Colleges of Chicago’s formula for decreasing textbook prices & increasing student success

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on June 7, 2017

Revolutionizing the Course Materials Adoption Process

Register for our new webinar revealing City Colleges of Chicago's formula for decreasing textbook prices and increasing student success – revolutionizing the course material adoption process.

Click Here to Register for Free

This free webinar on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST, offers an interactive discussion and live case study featuring insights from:

  • Jonathan Keiser, PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Quality, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)
  • Autym Henderson, Academic Affairs Specialist of CCC
  • John Squires, CEO of Akademos

Since Fall Term 2014, CCC students have saved over $9.5 million off publisher list prices on their textbooks and course materials. 

Please join us as this expert panel reveals how changes in the adoption process, policies and software have played a large role in addressing textbook affordability and helping students succeed, and how to apply these best practices at your institution.

Space is limited, so register today.

Topics: Company News, Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

Black River Technical College partners with Akademos to improve textbook affordability for students

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on May 24, 2017

The Akademos online bookstore and marketplace will offer BRTC students significant savings on course materials while enabling faculty to easily evaluate and adopt low-cost course material options

brtc logo.jpgBlack River Technical College (BRTC) has partnered with Akademos to launch an online bookstore that will offer students substantial savings on course materials and enable faculty to evaluate and adopt low-cost course material options. Located in Pocahontas, Arkansas, BRTC is a public, two-year college committed to transforming lives and impacting the surrounding community through quality academic and career education.

At BRTC, students can earn degrees and certificates in nine different fields including Health Professions and Related Programs, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. Its Licensed Practical Nurse program was named the best of 27 LPN programs in Arkansas. BRTC also offers a 100% online A.A. in General Studies that can be transferred to a four-year college.

Starting June of 2017, BRTC students can use a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore to shop for textbooks in a wide range of formats – including new, used, rental, marketplace and digital – from any device, anywhere, at any time – and seamlessly use their financial aid allocation as a payment option during the checkout process. Students can also sell their books through the marketplace once the term is over and set their own price to help ensure they are getting the best return during the buyback process.

“We wanted to make a difference in our students’ lives and understood that reducing textbook costs is one way to drive student preparedness and success. Akademos has a proven track record of offering students real savings on course materials and helping faculty make more cost-conscious choices during the adoption process,” said BRTC President Dr. Eric Turner.

In 2016, Akademos saved students purchasing textbooks and course materials over $13 million, with students saving an average of 60% off publisher list price when they used Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 18 million unique titles. 

“We’ve had a profound impact on reducing students’ costs by providing them with 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 to further reduce course material costs for students.”

The Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal provides faculty with complete visibility into the real-time prices of course materials in multiple formats during the adoption process enabling them to select the most affordable, high-quality textbook options for students. In addition, the Portal enhances textbook adoption efficiency by enabling administrators to track the progress of course material adoptions across individual departments and the entire college.

Faculty can also utilize Akademos Curriculum Services™ (ACS) to further reduce textbook costs. ACS 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. Custom CoursePacks is just one way that can be accomplished.

BRTC’s current on-campus bookstore will transition into a general merchandise and supply store that will serve the growing needs of the BRTC community.

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

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

New Akademos White Paper provides valuable insights from College CFOs on textbooks, course materials and the future role of the college bookstore

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on April 25, 2017

The 2017 College CFO Survey report highlights an accelerated rise in students leaving the college bookstore and business administrator concern over the impact of textbook prices on student performance and persistence.

THUMBNAIL 2017 CFO White Paper.jpgToday, Akademos Inc. announced the release of an exclusive new White Paper that highlights the results of their proprietary 2017 College CFO Survey on Course Materials and Bookstore Services. This comprehensive report provides critical insight on today’s top college and university bookstore trends and includes findings on bookstore sales, textbook affordability, student preparedness, and emerging trends in digital course materials, eLearning models and general merchandise sales.

This is the third study surveying CFOs and business administrators in higher institutions across the nation. The previous surveys were conducted in 2013 and 2015.

Critical topics addressed in this complimentary White Paper include:

  • The evolving role of the school-sanctioned bookstore
  • Trends in textbook and course material sales
  • Why students are leaving the school-sanctioned bookstore
  • The impact of course material costs on student success, persistence and retention
  • How bookstores need to adapt to meet the demands for new eLearning materials and models
  • The need for an improved adoption process
  • General merchandise sales trends
  • Campus space optimization and the physical footprint of the campus bookstore in the future

“Survey results show that 93% of respondents think textbook prices have an impact on student retention, persistence and completion, as a growing number of students not only have abandoned the school-sanctioned bookstore, but are foregoing purchasing required course materials altogether due to escalating prices,” said John Squires, Akademos Chief Executive Officer. “It’s important for business and academic leadership to continually adapt and prepare for emerging trends in course materials and bookstore services to ensure they are meeting the needs of their students, faculty and entire campus community.”  

The exclusive 2017 College CFO White Paper provides an instructive look at critical issues higher education institutions face and offers potential solutions for the future that can help your institution lower course material costs and win back your students to the campus bookstore.

The full report summarizes responses to all questions asked in the 2017 CFO Survey, provides analysis of the results, and compares trends from the 2013 and 2015 surveys. This White Paper is available at no charge.

 Request Exclusive White Paper Today

 

Topics: Company News, Research, Textbook Affordability, Academic Success, Bookstore Services

Brooklyn Law School partners with Akademos to offer new online bookstore

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on April 5, 2017

The Akademos Online Bookstore service will offer students a vast selection of low-cost textbooks with a convenient, personalized ordering experience while providing faculty with greater support and visibility during the adoption process.

Brooklyn Law School, known for its vibranBrooklynLawSchool.pngt intellectual community and innovative academic programs designed to prepare students for public service, private practice, and business, has partnered with Akademos, Inc., to offer students a new full-service virtual bookstore that will help students save on textbook and course materials.

Starting with Summer 2017 Session, Brooklyn Law School students will be able to 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.

“With so many of our students choosing to shop for course materials on third-party websites, it was more important than ever to offer students a full-service online bookstore experience that can provide them with outstanding service, convenience, and substantial savings,” said William Araiza, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.

The next-generation Akademos online shopping platform will be fully integrated with the Law School’s student information system, 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.

“We are excited to partner with Brooklyn Law School to provide students with more affordable purchase options through our unique educational marketplace while providing faculty with the most advanced adoptions and analytics tools to facilitate the adoption process,” said John Squires, Akademos Chief Executive Officer.

Akademos also will provide service to Brooklyn Law faculty and administrators. Through the Akademos Adoption & Analytics portal, faculty will be able to compare real-time prices for course materials in multiple formats to choose among the most affordable and highest-quality materials for students.

Learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and online bookstore offerings for educational institutions.

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