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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

Webinar Materials Available: Proven Strategies for Addressing Textbook Affordability

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on August 11, 2016

We've received a lot of positive feedback from college and university administrators who attended Tuesday's webinar on proven strategies for addressing textbook affordability. The event featured an insightful discussion with Davenport University and Roanoke College about how they've used new college bookstore strategies to lower textbook costs, improve bookstore sales and increase student satisfaction.

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  • Roanoke dropped its average book price from $119 to $38

  • Davenport increased bookstore utilization by 93%

  • Roanoke grew apparel sales 7% by transitioning its on-campus store into a spirit shop

  • Davenport enabled students to seamlessly apply financial aid to course material purchases

The webinar also reviews insights from our recent college student survey on course material purchasing and bookstore services.

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Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

Webinar to Share Proven Strategies for Addressing Textbook Affordability

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on July 28, 2016

Registration is now open for a new webinar featuring two progressive institutions that have successfully used new strategies to lower textbook costs, improve bookstore sales and increasedavenport-roanoke-vertical.jpg student satisfaction. 

Proven Strategies for Addressing Textbook Affordability, on August 9 from 2-3pm ET, will review insights from our recent college student survey on course material purchasing behavior and bookstore services, and discuss tactics that will:

  • Improve textbook affordability;
  • Increase student satisfaction and bookstore sales; and
  • Meet the growing demand for low-cost digital learning materials

The free live webinar features John Squires, CEO, Akademos with commentary from Paula Gleason-Zeeff, Director, Procurement & Retail Sales, Davenport University and Kristi Kirby, Textbook Coordinator, Roanoke College.

Register for the Webinar

Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

NACUBO Session Recording Available: The Hybrid College Bookstore Model

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on July 21, 2016

If textbook affordability is important to your institution and you're open to learning about new bookstore models, you'll want to request the recording of our interactive session with Labouré and Berea colleges from the 2016 NACUBO Annual Meeting.

This well-attended session, which received a lot of positive feedback, covers how the new hybrid college bookstore model reduces textbook costs, improves bookstore sales and increases student satisfaction. The recording and presentation materials can be requested by clicking here or on the button below.

The session covers how combining a school-sanctioned website with an on-campus shop can:

  • Improve textbook affordability, bookstore sales and the textbook purchasing experience

  • Provide the flexibility required to transition to new digital learning platforms and materials

  • Win back students by applying advanced technology best practices

Request Session Materials

If you attended the session and want additonal information about the hybrid bookstore model, contact us or request a copy of our hybrid bookstore model white paper.

Topics: Webinars & Events, Bookstore Sales, Textbook Affordability, New Bookstore Models

New Hybrid Bookstore Model to be Featured at NACUBO Annual Meeting

Posted by Lauren LaFronz on July 7, 2016

If you’re attending the NACUBO 2016 Annual Meeting in Montréal and improving textbook affordability is important to your institution, don’t miss our interactive panel discussion, The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model, on Sunday, July 17 at 2:00pmNACUBO-2016-Cropped.jpg.

Mark Virello, CFO, Labouré College and Derrick Singleton, VP of Operations & Sustainability, Berea College will join John Squires, CEO of Akademos to share how combining a school-sanctioned website with an on-campus shop selling high-margin
merchandise and services can:

  • Successfully reduce textbook costs, improve bookstore sales and increase student satisfaction

  • Provide the flexibility required to transition to new digital learning platforms and materials

  • Win back students by applying advanced technology best practices

If you can’t make the session, stop by our booth (#405) in the Expo to pick up a copy of our white paper, The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model, and receive a complimentary bottle of Akademos extra virgin olive oil.

We hope to see you in Montréal!

Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability, New Bookstore Models

The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model - Webinar Materials Available

Posted by Nicole Cimo on October 21, 2015

Last week we were joined by Derrick Singleton, VP of Operations and Sustainability of Berea College, and John Squires, CEO of Akademos for an informative webinar highlighting "The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model”. If you were unable to join us for this discussion, we wanted to make the presentation and recording of the session available for download at no cost by clicking here.

Capture-1The feedback from attendees has been extremely positive. Participants found the discussion to be highly informative, relevant and engaging. This session provided a first-hand look at:

  • The challenges Berea College faced regarding student satisfaction and textbook affordability 
  • How Berea implemented a new model combining an online bookstore offering lower priced textbooks with a best-in-class on-campus shop
  • Berea's results to date on bookstore utilization, textbook prices and key lessons learned from this new bookstore and campus shop model

Click here to request webinar materials See how these and other important topics are addressed in this interactive webinar. The recording of the session and presentation materials are available to you and others at your institution at no cost.

Topics: Webinars & Events, New Bookstore Models

New Webinar Registration Now Open: The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model

Posted by Nicole Cimo on September 30, 2015

Please note: this webinar has ended, but the recording and presentation materials are available to you at no cost by clicking here.


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for a new webinar featuring an interactive discussion and live case study on the hybrid college bookstore model.

Register for Free Today: The New Hybrid College Bookstore Model
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For many institutions the bookstore is an integral part of the campus experience. However, maintaining a campus shop has become increasingly challenging as competition from online, third-party providers has intensified and students are leaving the school-sanctioned bookstore in search of better pricing. 

In this special interactive webinarlearn how institutions are winning back studentsgrowing sales and positioning themselves to thrive in the future by implementing a new model that combines an online bookstore offering lower priced textbooks with a best-in-class on-campus shop. 



This live webinar is on Tuesday, October 13 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET and will feature:

  • Derrick Singleton, VP of Operations and Sustainability, Berea College
  • John Squires, CEO, Akademos, Inc.

Space is limited - so register today!  

Click here to request webinar materials

 

This webinar is being produced in conjuction with NACAS' Online Education and Business Innovation Forum.

Topics: Webinars & Events, New Bookstore Models

The Impact of Textbook Costs on Student Retention and Persistence

Posted by Jonathan Shar on May 13, 2015

 
“Colleges are scrutinized more than ever before over student outcomes”
Robert Pignatello, SVP of Finance and Administration at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The focus on student retention and persistence is growing in importance to college administrators as they try to improve graduation rates and decrease the loss of tuition revenue from students that either drop out or transfer to another school. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Center for Education Statistics, only 50% of those who enter higher education actually earn a bachelors degree. The reasons range from family problems and loneliness to academic struggles - and as the total cost of eduction has increased in the US, so has student attrition. 

In the 2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services, we asked participants if the increasing prices of textbooks played a role in student persistence and retention on their campus.  

96% of respondents indicated that the high cost of textbooks and course materials had an impact on student retention and persistence. This is up 8% from the study published in 2013, with respondants stating “Very Much” increasing by 13% in just two years. 

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Source: CFO survey on Textbook Delivery and Bookstore Services. Akademos, 2015.

The study indicates that reducing textbook costs can not only have a positve impact on student satisfaction, but may have a significant financial impact for colleges and universities by helping improve student completion and retaining more tution revenue.

“This was a big factor for us in terms of convincing our faculty to abandon the traditional brick and mortar store and move to a virtual (student savings) format," Pignatello noted on the webinar.  

To learn more about key trends and predictions on the future of textbook sales and campus bookstore services, the full presentation and recording of our "2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services” webinar session is now available for free download. 

Click here to request webinar materials

Topics: Webinars & Events, Research, Textbook Affordability

2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Services: Webinar Recap and Materials Available

Posted by Jonathan Shar on April 30, 2015

Yesterday we were joined by Robert Pignatello, SVP Finance and Administration at CUNY’s John Jay College and John Squires, CEO of Akademos for an informative and lively "2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services” Webinar. If you were unable to join us for this discussion we wanted to make the presentation and recording of the session available for you to download free by clicking here.

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The feedback from attendees has been extremely positive.  Most participants found the survey results and commentary on the trends and future of textbook services extremely relevant and informative.

Three years ago Akademos completed the first comprehensive survey of college CFOs regarding the future of bookstore services and this informative webinar provided a first look at the results of the just completed follow-up study addressing critical issues and key trends, including:  

  • Trends in campus bookstore textbook sales
  • The percentage of students leaving their school-sanctioned bookstore and why
  • The number of students not purchasing required materials and why
  • The impact of textbook costs on student success, persistence and retention
  • How bookstore services need to change to meet the demands for new learning models

See how these and other important questions begin to be addressed in this special webinar.

Click here to request webinar materials

If you have any other questions or would like to learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for your students and our innovative textbook and course materials adoption tools for faculty and administrators, we would be happy to set-up a personalized 1:1 consultation today.

Topics: Webinars & Events, Research

New Webinar: Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services

Posted by Jonathan Shar on April 15, 2015

Featuring the first look at Akademos’ recently completed research on the trends and future of textbook services. Learn what leading college CFOs think about the evolving bookstore model and hear from one such leader, Robert Pignatello, on how John Jay College reimagined the college bookstore for the 21st century.  

WEBINAR2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services

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The college bookstore services landscape has been radically transformed over the last few years as students, faculty and administrators are increasingly concerned about the escalating costs of textbooks. Colleges are now searching for new solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students.

Three years ago Akademos completed the first comprehensive survey of college CFOs regarding the future of bookstore services and has just completed an exciting follow-up study addressing critical issues, including: 

    • Trends in campus bookstore textbook sales
    • The number of students not purchasing required materials and why
    • The impact of textbook costs on student success, persistence and retention
    • The percentage of students leaving their school-sanctioned bookstore and why
    • How bookstore services need to change to meet the demands for new learning materials and models

See how these and other important questions begin to be addressed in this special webinar that will prove helpful to college administrators across the country facing these and other related challenges.

John Squires, CEO of Akademos will lead the discussion along with Robert Pignatello, SVP Finance and Administration at CUNY’s John Jay College who will provide insightful commentary on the key findings.
Live Webinar: April 29, 2015 from 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET
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Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability