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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
Click here to request webinar materials

 

 

Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

New Webinar: Community Colleges and Solving Escalating Textbook Costs

Posted by Jonathan Shar on March 11, 2015

In partnership with The American Association of Community Colleges, Akademos is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a brand new webinar focused on addressing the rising costs of textbooks.

See details below and register for free today! Space is limited, so don't miss out.

Community Colleges and Solving Escalating Textbook Costs

Webinar: Tuesday, March 24, 2pm—3pm ET

Over the past three decades college textbook prices have grown 812 percent, increasing more than 3 times the Consumer Price Index. Colleges across the country are attempting to address this issue in response to recent studies that show that students are opting not to buy some textbooks, resulting in poorer academic performance. This critical issue is especially prevalent at community colleges where often times the cost of class materials can be 35% of the overall cost of education.



In this special interactive webinar, see how other colleges are approaching textbook affordability and how your institution can apply these best practices. Examples of topics that will be covered include, best practices for the formation of a textbook affordability committee, student satisfaction and bookstore utilization tracking, new models for instructional materials that move beyond the printed book, and how institutions balance the budgetary pressures of declining textbook sales with their desire to improve student access to low cost materials.



The panel discussion will include:


  • Dr. Joe May - Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District

  • Mr. John Squires – CEO, Akademos, Inc

  • Mr. Mark Virello - Chief Financial Officier, Labouré College
  • Plus more

Space is limited: Register today.

 

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Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

Innovation in Higher Education at ACE Conference 2015

Posted by Jonathan Shar on March 10, 2015

Leaders from across Higher Education will converge on Washington DC this weekend for the American Council of Education’s 97th Annual Meeting. One of the premier higher education events brings together nearly 2,000 leaders from across the country to hear from thought leaders and discuss the most pressing issues of the day. This year’s theme of "Promises to Keep: Higher Education and the Public Trust” commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act, the Higher Education Act and the Voting Rights Act and will give attendees the opportunity to reflect on the promise of these initiatives, assess their current status and look ahead to new challenges and accomplishments.

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Featured topics and speakers include:

  • Leveraging Technology to Support First-Year Student Satisfaction and Success
    • Speaker: Denise Swett, Vice President, Student Services, Foothill College (CA)
  • State Financial Aid in the Twenty-First Century
    • Speakers: David A. Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Tim Nesbitt, Chair, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission; Jane V. Wellman, Senior Advisor, College Access Foundation of California
  • Income Inequality in Higher Education
    • Speakers: Paul Krugman Distinguished Scholar, Luxembourg Income Study Center, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and Catharine Bond Hill, President and Professor of Economics, Vassar College (NY)
  • College 2050 – Equity and Innovation in Higher Education
    • Speakers: Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor; Director of the Futures Initiative and the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), The City University of New York Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Council of Fellows Professional Development Session: Steering Your Campus During Difficult Times
    • Speakers: Livingston Alexander, President, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and University of Pittsburgh at Titusville Linda P. Brady, Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Alexander Gonzalez, President, California State University, Sacramento Jerrilee K. Mosier, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College– Northeast (IN)

 

These speakers and topics will no doubt stimulate a lot of great discussion on what it will take to educate the next generation of students in our ever evolving world where technology and economic realities create new challenges and opportunities.The team at Akademos is excited to join this important discussion in our Nation’s capital.  As textbook prices soar, colleges are searching for solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students and we would love to share our thoughts on this very important topic.  

If you’ll be at the conference please stop by Booth #212 in the Exhibit Hall on March 15 and March 16.  If you can’t make it and want to learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore services for colleges and universities, visit Akademos.com or register today for a personalized 1:1 consultation.

 

Topics: Webinars & Events

Webinar Recap: Win Back Students and Recapture Book Sales - Materials Available for Download

Posted by Jonathan Shar on February 11, 2015

Yesterday, we were joined by Jaye Lynn Bergers from Davenport University for a lively and informative Webinar, “How Your Bookstore Can Reduce Textbook Costs and Win Back Students.” If you were unable to join this Webinar, 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 found hearing how other institutions are quickly implementing solutions that prioritize the success of its students by driving down the cost of textbooks to be extremely relevant and informative.

In this Webinar, we took a behind-the-scenes look at Davenport University's approach to winning back students and recapturing sales. Topics covered included:

  • How Davenport increased its bookstore utilization, optimized the physical store footprint, and dramatically increased student satisfaction
  • Different bookstore solutions researched and the selection criteria    
  • How the solution was quickly implemented and integrated  
  • Key outcomes and results (including students saving over $1.8 million

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for your students and solutions that could work for your school, we would be happy to set-up a personalized 1:1 consultation today.

Topics: Webinars & Events, Bookstore Sales

How Your Bookstore Can Reduce Textbook Costs and Win Back Students

Posted by Jonathan Shar on February 4, 2015

 

If you are searching for lower cost textbook and class material options for your students, don’t miss this interactive case study webinar.

How Your Bookstore Can Win Back Students and Recapture Sales

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Davenport University was faced with declining student satisfaction over textbook buying and prices, leading to material declines in their school sanctioned bookstore utilization and sales.  Today, through a new lower cost textbook solution, Davenport has saved students over $1.8 million, increased its bookstore utilization, optimized the physical store footprint, and dramatically increased student satisfaction. 

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Davenport's approach to winning back students and recapturing sales - and learn how to make it work for your school.

Space is limited: Register today.

 

 

Live webinar: February 10, 2015, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Featuring:

Jaye Lynn Bergers, Director of Procurement and Retail Services (Office of the CFO), Davenport University

Geoffrey Katz, Vice President of Program Management, Akademos



Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Webinar Registration Now Open

Posted by Jonathan Shar on January 28, 2015

This live Webinar is relevant for all higher education administrators looking to increase student satisfaction and explore options for lowering the costs of textbooks and class materials.

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Time and Date: February 10, 2015 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

Webinar Summary: Two years ago Davenport University was faced with declining student satisfaction over textbook prices and buying. This dissatisfaction was a leading indicator of what became material declines in bookstore utilization and sales.

Today, through a new lower cost textbook solution, Davenport has already saved students over $1.8 million, increased its bookstore utilization, has been able to optimize the physical store footprint and has dramatically increased student satisfaction. Join this Webinar for a behind-the-scenes look at Davenport’s approach to winning back students and recapturing sales - and see how to make it work for your school.

Topics will include:

  • Developing Student Satisfaction Tracking and Key Findings
  • Bookstore Utilization Analysis and Sales Trends
  • Cross Functional Team Formation and Key Stakeholder Input
  • Technical Evaluations with areas like Financial Aid, Bursar, IT and Accounting
  • Key Factors for Moving to a New Solution
  • Outcomes and Results

Featured Speakers:

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Jaye Lynn Bergers, Director of Procurement & Retail Services (Office of the CFO),Davenport University

Geoffrey Katz, Vice President of Program Management, Akademos

 

Topics: Webinars & Events

Reducing Textbook Costs, Webinar Wrap-Up: Materials Available for Download

Posted by Jonathan Shar on January 21, 2015

In case you were interested but unable to attend yesterday’s How to Implement an Online Bookstore and Reduce Textbook Costs Webinar, we wanted to make the presentation and recording of the session available for you to download for free by clicking here.

The feedback from attendees has been extremely positive. Most found hearing how other institutions are quickly implementing solutions that prioritize the success of its students by driving down the cost of textbooks, addressing this growing and significant problem across college campuses, extremely relevant and informative.

Topics reviewed in the Webinar by the Akademos and John Jay College teams included:

  • How to identify this growing and significant problem for students
  • The formation of a textbook savings committee
  • The student survey findings (including the response that 77% of students might not buy textbooks for one or more classes due to the high cost of materials)
  • Different solutions researched and the selection criteria
  • How the solution was quickly implemented and integrated
  • Key outcomes and results (including saving students over $150,000 in the fall term alone)

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for your students and solutions that could work for your school, we would be happy to set-up a personalized 1:1 consultation today.

Akademos Saves John Jay Students Money

Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

How to Implement an Integrated Online Bookstore and Reduce Textbook Costs, Webinar Registration Now Open!

Posted by Jonathan Shar on January 5, 2015

This webinar is relevant for all schools looking to reduce textbook prices and increase student satisfaction.

Live webinar date: January 20, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

Registration: Space is limited! Register online today. 

Presenters: John Jay College CIO Joseph Laub and Geoff Katz, VP of Program Management at Akademos

Overview: Last year, John Jay College identified the diminishing returns of their brick and mortar school bookstore for both students and an issue with the college itself. In a survey administered by the school, 77% of students reported they might not buy textbooks for one or more of their classes due to the high cost of materials. Based upon these findings, there was a clear need to do something significant in order to reduce textbook costs and drive student success.

In just 2 months, John Jay launched a new bookstore solution that was fully integrated with its student and faculty systems. As a result, students were highly satisfied with the service (90% reporting the experience was “easy to navigate”) and to date have saved over $157,000.

Wondering how they did it? Join this webinar for a behind-the-scenes look at John Jay’s approach to implementing an integrated bookstore solution. Find out:

  • The steps John Jay took and how to make it work for your school
  • How Akademos’ SIS/ERP integration technology delivers a personalized student shopping experience
  • Other important Institutional and student benefits, like financial aid integration, reporting, and much more

Click here to register

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1644744414026149378

Topics: Webinars & Events, Textbook Affordability

Webinar: Key Considerations for Transitioning to an Online Bookstore

Posted by Kirk Bodick on October 7, 2014

Update: If you missed this webinar, email us at webinar@akademos.com to view a recorded version of the presentation.

Is an online bookstore the right choice for your school?

In Akademos' October webinar, Jaye Lynn Bergers, Director of Procurement and Retail Services at Davenport University will share her experience implementing Akademos’ online bookstore 'marketplace' model. We hope you can join us.

Key Considerations for Transitioning to an Online Bookstore

Live Webinar: Wednesday, October 22 at 1:00 pm EDT

In this webinar, find out...

  • How to create an effective partnership between online and on campus bookstores
  • Operational considerations for an online bookstore
  • Best practices for faculty adoption
  • Tips for marketing to students
 
Featured Speakers:
  • Jaye Lynn Bergers, Director of Procurement and Retail Services, Davenport University
  • Kirk Bodick, VP of Sales, Akademos

Topics: Webinars & Events, New Bookstore Models

Webinar: Supercharge Student Engagement Through Mobile Platforms

Posted by John Squires on September 15, 2014

Update: If you missed this webinar, email us at webinar@akademos.com to view a recorded version of the presentation.

Akademos is pleased to announce the first in a monthly series of webinars. For our September webinar, we're partnering with Top Hat to share practical tips on how to leverage current mobile platform trends to improve instruction and student shopping services. We hope you can join us!

Live Webinar: Wednesday, September 24 at 1:00 pm EDT

In this webinar, see how to:

  • Engage students with innovative mobile platforms
  • Meet expectations of the BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) generation
  • Explore trends in the changing textbook and bookstore services marketplace
  • Deliver a superior mobile shopping experience for students

Featured speakers: 

  • John Squires, CEO, Akademos
  • Mike Silagadze, CEO, Top Hat
  • Naseem Saloojee, VP of Business Development, Top Hat

Topics: Webinars & Events, New Bookstore Models