September 20, 2017 | by Ariane Rasmussen | in Textbook Affordability, White Paper

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.

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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