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New Akademos Survey Highlights Growing Demand for Enhanced Tools & Services To Better Support Textbook Affordability and Digital Course Materials

2017 President, Provost & Academic Leadership White Paper provides valuable 2017 President, Provost and Academic Leadership Survey on Textbooks, Course Materials and Bookstore Servicesinsights 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.

Why Students Continue To Leave The College Bookstore

Survey data highlights an 8-point increase in students shopping outside Akademos CFO Survey Data - Students Leaving The Bookstore
school-sanctioned bookstore since 2013 

Data from the 2017 College CFO Survey on Course Materials and Bookstore Services reveals that nearly half (46%) of survey participants reported that their students abandoned their school-sanctioned bookstore to shop elsewhere for course materials in 2017 – an 8-point increase since 2013’s CFO Survey results.

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.

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