May 15, 2018 | by Lisa Marie DeSanto | in Partnerships

Lawrence University Partners with Akademos to address Textbook Affordability

New online bookstore will provide advanced tools and actionable data to the institution to support student success     Lawrence U Logo

Lawrence University has selected Akademos as its new online bookstore provider to address textbook affordability for students. The institution, a liberal arts college and conservatory of music, serves 1,500 students each year, from nearly every state and 50 countries – all committed to a rigorous and challenging educational experience. The University will launch its new online bookstore this summer in support of its Fall Term 2018.

Seamless integration between the student information system and the Akademos Course Materials Platform (CMP)TM will allow students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for each of their courses, and to order materials for an entire term in less than five minutes. A wide selection across new, used, rental and eBook formats will be offered and, when using Akademos’ proprietary peer-to-peer Marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks, students will save an average of 60% off publisher list prices. Through the partnership, Lawrence students will also be able to leverage free shipping offers and Akademos’ proprietary LMS widget to view required course materials through Canvas. 

 “At Lawrence, we understand that investing in a small liberal arts college is a big commitment for parents and students,” said Bob Williams, associate dean of the faculty. “Our partnership with Akademos will provide our students with a full online bookstore with a wide variety of high-quality course materials at far lower prices. Having the materials they need, when they need them and at an affordable price, should help our students achieve academic success.”

The online bookstore will also support the University’s faculty and administrators, who will benefit from an easy-to-use and powerful Adoption & Analytics Portal. This platform offers a step-by-step guide for course material adoptions, recommendations and adoption history, and the ability to compare real-time prices for course materials. The analytics tool will also enable faculty and the university’s leadership to track critical data, including classroom and aggregate student purchasing and bookstore utilization, that can be easily merged with the institution’s student success database. 

“When an institution provides more affordable and accessible textbooks to its students, we’ve seen it drive bookstore utilization, which results in better prepared students and overall success for the institution,” said John Squires, CEO, Akademos. “We’re excited to partner with Lawrence University, and we look forward to providing them and their students with lower course material prices and outstanding service.”

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