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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Akademos Partners with CUNY’s Queens College to Deliver Innovative Online Bookstore Service

Posted by Nicole Cimo on February 2, 2016

New partnership will increase the availability of lower-priced used and rental textbooks, resulting in lower cost course materials for Queens College students.

Akademos, Inc., a leader in providing online bookstore services for colleges and universities, announced today that Queens College has joined its rapidly growing list of partner schools. Queens College becomes the fourth City University of New York (CUNY) institution, along with John Jay College, CUNY School of Law and Medgar Evers College, to adopt the Akademos value-based bookstore solution.

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Starting with Summer Term 2016, Queens College students can shop for textbooks and course materials in the money saving format of their choice and place orders anytime, anywhere, with a mobile-optimized online bookstore and marketplace.

Through a single sign-on integration with CUNYFirst, Queens College students will enjoy a best-in-class online shopping experience that provides them a personalized course list and lets them order in five minutes or less. In addition, the availability of lower-priced used and rental textbooks will vastly expand through the Akademos Marketplace, driving down the cost of course materials for Queens College students.

Akademos will improve the textbook adoption process for faculty through its new state-of-the-art Adoption & Analytics Portal. This software makes it easy to select high quality, low cost materials and provides valuable insight for administrators into the relationship between timely adoptions, sell-through, and academic success.

“We are confident that Akademos’ online bookstore platform will ensure our students receive the right textbooks at the most competitive prices and allow them to seamlessly order at any time, from anywhere,” said Adam Rockman, Vice President of Student Affairs of Queens College. “We believe Akademos is the best choice for our students and faculty. With its unique educational marketplace and integration, it will significantly reduce the cost and time of purchasing learning materials.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Queens College and for students from another CUNY school to experience both the savings and convenience of our unique service,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “Our commitment to continuous innovation will provide outstanding service for Queens College students, faculty, and administrators alike.”

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

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Life University Launches Akademos Online Bookstore

Posted by Nicole Cimo on December 3, 2015

Georgia’s Life University partners with Akademos to deliver students significant discounts on course materials and to streamline textbook adoption for faculty and administrators.

We are pleased to announce that Life Universitya thriving University rooted in innovation and purpose with the largest single-campus Doctor of Chiropractic program in the world, has joined our growing list of partner institutions.

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Starting this month, Life 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 an institution-branded, mobile optimized eCommerce platform. With Akademos’ proprietary Marketplace, students can save an average of 50% - 60% off the list price on their textbook and course materials. 

Using Akademos’ new state-of-the-art Adoption & Analytics Portal, Life University’s faculty will be able to speed adoptions, reduce errors and help lower course material costs – all while preserving academic freedom. Enhanced reporting and real-time analytics will give administrators valuable insights into the relationship between timely adoptions, course material cost, sell-through and academic success.

“I am pleased to welcome Life University to Akademos,” said CEO John Squires. “We look forward to working with Life University to deliver our innovative bookstore services to students, while also assisting faculty and administrators with their textbook adoption needs.”

“We believe that our new partnership with Akademos will deliver an online bookstore solution that will dramatically reduce textbook costs and create a more convenient shopping experience for our students,” said William Jarr, Executive Vice President of Finance at Life University. “We are confident that their user-friendly, mobile-optimized Marketplace will also greatly expand their access to choose between a wide variety of textbook and course material options.”

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

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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.

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Northshore Technical Community College Adopts Akademos’ Online Bookstore

Posted by Jonathan Shar on June 22, 2015

In an effort to increase textbook affordability for its students, Northshore Technical Community College partners with Akademos, an online bookstore provider dedicated to supporting student success.

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We are pleased to announce that Northshore Technical Community College has joined our fast growing list of partner schools. Northshore Technical Community College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), an organization that provides strategic management and support for Louisiana's 13 community and technical colleges.

Beginning this fall, Northshore Technical Community College 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 and marketplace. With Akademos’ best-in-class online shopping platform, students will now be able to complete their entire textbook ordering for a term in one stop, saving 30%-40% on their course materials.

“I am pleased to welcome Northshore Technical Community College to Akademos,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We look forward to applying our vast experience serving college students and institutions across the country to deliver an innovative online bookstore service and course materials platform for Northshore Technical Community College students, faculty, and administrators.”

“The faculty, staff, and administration of Northshore Technical Community College are committed to the success of our students—and textbook affordability is key to that success,” said Chancellor William S. Wainwright, Ph.D. “Similar to many community colleges, we have seen that the high cost of textbooks is an obstacle to our student’s completion and persistence. With Akademos’ online bookstore, our students will enjoy a seamless shopping experience with competitively priced textbooks needed to complete their education.”

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

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