Jonathan Shar

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New Webinar: Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services

Learn about emerging trends in bookstore services and hear Robert Pignatello from John Jay College discuss future-proof solutions. 

WEBINAR2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Affordability and Bookstore Services

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.

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April 10, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Bookstore Sales

Seven Factors Impacting College Textbooks and Bookstore Sales

Adapted from our white paper, Reducing Textbook Costs through Transitioning to an Online Bookstore. Click here to download a free copy. 

Recent studies have shown that many college students are opting not to buy any or all textbooks or course materials for at least one of their courses due to high prices, leading to students being less prepared for class and negatively impacting their academic performance.  In addition, studies show that many students are selecting courses based upon the cost of the textbooks. Left unchecked, these factors may undermine the fundamental mission of many colleges and universities.

If your college or university is experiencing this trend, it’s important to consider the factors that might be contributing to poor student utilization of your bookstore service.

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April 8, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Textbook Affordability

How To Determine Your College Bookstore's Key Requirements

 


Over the past three decades college textbook and course material prices have grown 812%, increasing three times faster than the Consumer Price Index. Administrators, faculty, students, and parents are increasingly concerned about the escalating cost of textbooks. Colleges are now searching for new solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students.

While the need for new solutions to lower textbook costs is clearly understood, establishing key requirements and criteria is critical to evaluating which solutions are the best fit for each institution.

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April 6, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Textbook Affordability

Benefits of Establishing a Textbook Affordability Committee

Adapted from our white paper, Reducing Textbook Costs through Transitioning to an Online Bookstore. Click here to download a free copy. 

According to the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGS’ Fixing the Broken Textbook Market report, 65% of students surveyed said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive. The survey also found that 94% of students who had foregone purchasing a textbook were concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in a course.

If your college’s experience is similar, it’s important to consider the factors that might be contributing to poor student utilization of your college bookstore. As a first step, undertake an audit of your current service and consider all the elements that might be contributing to either high material costs or low student satisfaction.

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New Webinar: Community Colleges and Solving Escalating Textbook Costs

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, 2:00PM - 3:00PM ET

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March 10, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Webinars & Events

Innovation in Higher Education at ACE Conference 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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