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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

Meredith College partners with Akademos to deliver significant savings on textbooks and course materials

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on October 4, 2017

The Akademos virtual bookstore platform will drive textbook affordability by offering students a vast selection of low-cost options & enabling faculty to easily evaluate and adopt course materials.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of online college bookstore solutions, announced today that Meredith College has joined its rapidly-growing list of partner institutions. This partnership will enable Meredith College to offer its students substantial savings on textbooks and course materials through the Akademos online bookstore and marketplace.

Meredith College is a private women’s liberal arts meredith_logo-1.pngcollege and coeducational graduate school located in Raleigh, NC. It is nationally respected as a top liberal arts college and vibrant learning environment for students offering over 80 majors, minors and professional academic programs.

Starting Spring Term 2018, Meredith College students can shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and digital formats on any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students will save an average of 60% on course materials when they use Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks. The online bookstore will be fully integrated with Meredith College’s student information system (SIS) to enable students to automatically see their required course materials for classes and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes.

“Meredith prepares students for lives of impact and distinction,” said Matthew Poslusny, Provost and Senior Vice President of Meredith College. “An important component of that vision is providing students with the most affordable course materials to help them succeed.”

Another benefit of the Akademos platform is the ability for students to seamlessly apply financial aid to any of their course material purchases and sell back their textbooks at any time using Akademos’ online buyback program.

Meredith College will be able to further reduce course material costs for students through the Akademos Adoption & Analytics Portal, which 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. Faculty can also use the Akademos CoursePack Creator Tool to create low-cost custom course materials that include content from various texts, journals and even original faculty content.

“Our full-service course materials platform will provide faculty and administrators with powerful tools for assessing and reducing textbook costs,” said John Squires, Akademos CEO. “We’re looking forward to helping Meredith College drive student preparedness and success at their institution.”

Meredith’s partnership with Akademos will allow the college  to offer a wider selection of gifts, apparel, and convenience store items for the campus community. The Meredith College Campus Store, managed by indiCo’s Independent Campus Stores Collaborative Services, will open after the Fall 2017 break.

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution improve textbook affordability for students and support their academic success.

 

Topics: Textbook Affordability, Bookstore Services

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 Akademos survey highlights the growing demand for enhanced tools and services to better support textbook affordability and digital course materials

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on September 20, 2017

2017 President, Provost & Academic Leadership White Paper provides valuable insights and best practices for addressing the rapidly changing textbook and course materials marketplace.

Today, Akademos, Inc. announced the release of its latest proprietary research survey and White Paper on textbooks, course materials and bookstore services. The findings of the 2017 President, Provost and Academic Leadership Survey on Textbooks, Course Materials & Bookstore Services provide unique insights into the obstacles colleges and universities face to reducing textbook and course material costs and highlights some of the best practices implemented across institutions to address them.2017 CAO White Paper Image.jpg

This exclusive white paper provides valuable data, comparisons, and analysis on today's hot-button topics, including the following high-priority items for academic leaders in higher education:

  • Textbook affordability
  • Student purchasing behavior
  • The impact of high textbook and course material costs on student success
  • Best practices to improving textbook affordability and accessibility
  • Emerging trends in digital materials and new learning models
  • Evaluation of the current bookstore model

This survey is the third in a series of president, provost and academic leadership surveys on textbooks, course materials and bookstore services conducted since 2013. The full report summarizes responses to all questions asked in the 2017 Survey, provides an instructive analysis of the results, and compares trends from the 2013 and 2015 surveys where applicable.

“At Akademos, we regularly conduct surveys to ensure that we understand and anticipate the demands of the bookstore services and course materials industry,” said CEO John Squires. “We hope that our latest findings will not only paint a clear picture of the challenges institutions encounter today, but also provide colleges and universities with a roadmap on how to proactively address them both now and in the future.”

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The 2017 President, Provost and Academic Leadership Survey on Textbooks, Course Materials & Bookstore Services White Paper is available at no charge.

 

 

Topics: Textbook Affordability, Bookstore Services

Akademos webinar on decreasing textbook prices & increasing student success materials now available

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on June 26, 2017

Last week’s well-attended webinar, City Colleges of Chicago’s Formula for Decreasing Textbook Prices and Increasing Student Success – Revolutionizing the Course Materials Adoption Process, received a lot of positive feedback from attendees.

The session provided a first-hand look into how CCC students have saved over $9.5 million off course material list prices since Fall 2014, through best practices and innovative tools that:

  • Dramatically improved on-time adoptions
  • Increased the number of students ordering before the first day of class
  • Significantly lowered textbook prices for students

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Participants found the live case study on how changes in the adoption process, new policies, and a new software platform played a large role in addressing textbook affordability and student preparedness, engaging and highly informative.

This interactive discussion was led by expert panelists Jonathan Keiser, PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Educational Quality of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC); Autym Henderson, Academic Affairs Specialist of CCC and John Squires, CEO of Akademos.

The presentation and session recording of the webinar are now available to you and your institution for free.

Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability, Textbook Adoption, Student Success

Houghton College chooses Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help reduce course material costs for students

Posted by Ariane Rasmussen on June 15, 2017

The Akademos platform and marketplace will provide Houghton students with lower cost course materials and a highly personalized, user-friendly purchasing experience.

Houghton College, a Christian liberal arts college nationally recognized for its rigorous academics and stellar alumni placement rate, has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students save on textbooks and course materials. Houghton is located in the western area of the state of New York and is comprised of more than 1,000 students from 39 states, 31 countries, and 30 Christian denominations.

The Houghton College online bookstore will launch this summer to support its Fall 2017 term and is projected to save students, on average, more than 30 percent on textbook costs versus what they are currently paying.houghton.jpg

The Akademos virtual course materials store will give students and faculty complete visibility throughout the textbook purchasing and adoption process. Houghton’s student information system will seamlessly integrate with the Akademos online platform, enabling students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for each of their courses and to order books for an entire semester rapidly and efficiently.

“Among the core values of a Houghton College education are high quality and affordability,” said Houghton College President Shirley Mullen. “We have chosen Akademos precisely because of their shared commitment to these values. Their innovative online bookstore provides students with the textbooks and course materials they need at significant cost savings.”

The new online bookstore will continue to provide students with a wide selection of course material options to choose from across new, used, marketplace, rental and eBook formats. Students will now be able to use financial aid on all purchases, including deeply discounted marketplace items.

“The Akademos 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. It is our experience that more affordable and accessible textbooks drive bookstore utilization resulting in more prepared students and, consequently, overall institutional success,” said Akademos CEO John Squires.

Akademos will also service Houghton College’s faculty and administrators. The Akademos Adoption & Analytics portal allows faculty to compare real-time prices for course materials in multiple formats to choose the best, low-cost options for students. The analytics tools enable faculty and administrators to have critical control over the faculty-adoption and student-purchasing process to track progress from across the entire college to individual classes.

The Houghton College Campus Store will use the space previously dedicated to course materials to offer a wider selection of gifts, apparel, and convenience store items for the campus community.

Learn more about how Akademos can help your institution improve textbook affordability for students and drive academic success.

Topics: Textbook Affordability, Academic Success, Bookstore Services