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Clark University Selects Akademos to Operate Online College Bookstore

In an effort to improve textbook affordability and convenience for students, Clark University chooses Akademos, an innovative online college bookstore service dedicated to supporting student success. Image result for clark university

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, is happy to announce that Clark University, 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.

2016 Updated New Hybrid College Bookstore Model White Paper

To get your new year started off right, we are re-releasing our most popular white paper from thehybrid_wp_january.png past year, The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model.

This exclusive report provides key learning and updated case studies on how institutions are successfully implementing low-cost online bookstore offerings, while building best-in-class
on-campus shops. 

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The Dawn of the $400 Textbook and Helping College Students Fight These Costs

Mark Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan's Flint campus. CPI_1998_to_2014

Over the past few years, he has written a number of interesting articles tracking the alarming rise of college textbook prices.  His latest article, published this week, disects the era of $400 textbooks and lists the 15 most expensive textbooks at the University of Michigan-Flint.  Here’s the link.

In this article, Mr. Perry updates charts illustrating how the cost of college textbooks is outpacing the national Consumer Price Index as well as recreational book prices:

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Research Finds Correlation Between Textbook Affordability & Student Satisfaction

According to research results highlighted in the 2015 Survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services Overview 3.pngand Textbook Delivery White Paper, creating a formalized textbook affordability program is the key to unlocking student and faculty satisfaction.

One of the most important insights from our 2015 Survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery is that having a formal program to help faculty select high-quality, low-cost course materials directly correlates with higher student and faculty satisfaction. However, only 21% of institutions in the survey reported that they have a formal program.

The Impact of High Textbook Costs on Student Retention

In our 2015 survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery, Do Textbook Costs Impact Retention and Persistence/Completion?
we asked participants to weigh in on how the exorbitant cost of textbooks are affecting student outcomes. 

The majority (91%) of respondents agreed that the high cost of textbooks and course materials is having a negative impact on student retention, persistence, and completion.

White Paper: College CAO Survey on the Future of Bookstore Services & Textbook Delivery

Survey results highlight  a significant gap between institutions recognizing the problem of textbook affordability and those taking action to implement change.  

White Paper: College CAO Survey on the Future of Bookstore Services & Textbook Delivery

In 2013, Akademos conducted the first comprehensive survey of College and University Presidents, Provosts, and CAOs focusing on textbook delivery, costs, and bookstore services. The just-released 2015 follow up survey reveals a rich set of data points, key trends and insight into the challenges and opportunities facing institutions regarding escalating textbook prices and their impact across all campus stakeholder groups.

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