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North Central College Selects Akademos for New Online Bookstore Service

Unique platform and marketplace will provide students with personalized service and affordable course materials, and the College with data and tools to support student success  North Central Logo

North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials, a wider selection of textbook formats and payment options, and a best-in-class personalized ordering experience. The College plans to launch its online bookstore in the fall of 2018.

Seamless integration between the College’s student information system and our Course Materials Platform (CMP)TM will allow students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for each of their courses and order materials for an entire term in less than five minutes.  Additional student benefits include free shipping for all retail orders over $49 and a catalog of over 1MM digital course materials that are accessible immediately upon purchase. 

 A wide selection across new, used, rental and eBook formats will be offered, and when using our proprietary peer-to-peer Marketplace of more than 100 million new and used textbooks, students will save an average of 60 percent off of publisher list prices on their course materials. Additionally, students will have the freedom to use financial aid vouchers on all textbook purchases, including significantly discounted marketplace items.

 “Textbook affordability and accessibility are key concerns when we consider giving our students the tools they need to succeed,” said Maryellen Skerik, vice president of finance at North Central College. “We are pleased to be partnering with Akademos to provide our students with a wider variety of course materials, flexible purchasing options, and an easy-to-use, integrated platform that will support our students’ success, and that of the College.”

The online bookstore will also support the College’s faculty and administrators, who will benefit from our 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 North Central College faculty and leadership to track critical data, including student purchasing and bookstore utilization.

“We’re pleased to be working with North Central College,” said John Squires, CEO, Akademos. “In our experience, providing more affordable and accessible textbooks and course materials results in more prepared students which, ultimately, results in more successful students. We look forward to supporting this goal, which will also facilitate the overall success of the College.”

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