Kelly Johnston

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University of Lynchburg Partners with Akademos to Address Textbook Affordability for Students

Akademos will provide students with access to lower cost course materials and highly personalized service

We are thrilled to announce that the University of Lynchburg has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials. 

A nationally recognized private university with more than 3,000 students and 24,000 alumni around the world, Lynchburg’s mission to prepare students for engagement in a global society and for effective leadership in the civic, professional, and spiritual dimensions of life, will be further strengthened with the Akademos partnership. The new online bookstore and course materials platform will launch in support of the summer 2020 term.

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The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Bookstore Partners with Akademos for Online Course Material Services

Providing the campus bookstore and staff additional support with industry-leading technology

We are very excited to announce our newest   partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS). Southern is one of the largest seminaries in the world, and it is committed to offering students a deeper, richer, and stronger educational experience. With so many invaluable responsibilities in the daily operation of the campus bookstore, SBTS decided to have a trusted technology partner to help alleviate the tedious management of a course materials program that would free the staff to focus on the parts - and people - that matter. Enhancing the bookstore with Akademos technology will optimize the dedicated on-campus store in an online setting.

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Akademos and CogBooks Announce Strategic Partnership

Further advancing an integrated approach to learning in higher education

We are very excited to announce our newest strategic partnership that brings additional benefits to students and faculty through the Akademos course materials platform. The partnership integrates CogBooks’ engaging adaptive learning courseware into Akademos’ industry-leading online bookstore and course materials platform. In addition to a more comprehensive course materials ecosystem and agile learning environment that keeps students engaged, this strategic agreement will provide higher education institutions valuable tools and insights into student success.

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July 9, 2019 | by Kelly Johnston |

How Many Hours Does It Take To Work Off College Tuition?

Why paying your way through college is a thing of the past.

As the presidential debates kick off, everyone is talking about the big issues leading up to the 2020 election. The largest economic issue is one that is becoming impossible to ignore -  the student loan debt crisis. The newest study by Textbookrush.com has provided further proof that for most students, coming out of school debt free is a thing of the past. Forty years ago, a student attending college could pay for their tuition and housing by simply working a part time job, something that is impossible to accomplish today.

The number of hours required to work in order to cover education costs has skyrocketed due to the rising costs of education and the decline of wages compared to inflation. Over the past forty years, the cost of tuition and housing has increased over 250% while the cost of textbooks rose over 1000%. In this time, the value of the minimum wage has declined fairly steadily since its peak in 1968 and possibly even more unsettling - the federal minimum wage has not changed in over ten years. The following illustrates how many hours a student would need to work at minimum wage to pay for their education.

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May 30, 2019 | by Kelly Johnston |

How Today's Student is Thinking Smarter about College

They’re digitally savvy. They want a good quality of life and career growth. They've grown up with iPhones in hand, YouTube at their fingertips and instant access to the internet. Nearly 60% of Gen Z is enrolled in college, making your campus the most uniquely diverse it has ever been.

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May 22, 2019 | by Kelly Johnston | in Partnerships

Wartburg College and Akademos Partner to Streamline Course Material Adoptions, Purchasing, and Customer Service

One big question can weigh on the minds of college administration and faculty at smaller institutions - how can we reduce the costs of textbooks without having the purchasing power to command lower prices? Even with the existence of online retailers who can offer significant savings, there is the additional struggle to make sure the materials students are using their hard earned money on are usable and effective.

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