How Does Equitable Access Impact Student Readiness and Retention?

Student readiness, success, and retention are key metrics for Academic Affairs offices across higher education. Changing your course material purchase and delivery service might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re brainstorming ways to improve those metrics, but it shouldn’t be dismissed.

Today’s college students are accustomed to subscription models and flat-rate fees because so many of them grew up with these services. Equitable Access is an innovative course material delivery model that offers students access to their course materials on the first day of class for one low fee, embedded into the cost of tuition.

Here are some of the top ways implementing an Equitable Access model can positively impact your students:

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Can Equitable Access Positively Impact Your Bottom Line?

Equitable Access is transforming the way textbooks and course materials are thought about on campuses across the country, but it’s more than just a trending topic. The model allows students access to all required course materials on the first day of class for one low fee, embedded into the cost of tuition. It can drastically drive the cost of textbooks down for your student population. But can Equitable Access also positively impact your bottom line?

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CUNY CSI Introduces Online Bookstore to Enhance Student Experience

The College of Staten Island (CSI), a City University of New York (CUNY) institution joins a number of their fellow system schools to offer textbooks through an online bookstore platform with affordable options to students. 

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Edgecombe Community College Launches Online Bookstore to Improve Student Experience

Edgecombe Community College (ECC) is enhancing the student experience and improving affordability.

Edgecombe Community College (ECC), a public, two-year institution, launched an online bookstore to enhance the student experience and improve affordability. The college now offers all required textbooks and course materials through the online model and plans to rebrand the Campus Store to support the community in new ways.

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Rising to Meet Student Needs in a Post-Pandemic Era

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift from an in-person college experience to virtual learning and simultaneously brought increased awareness to the reality of students’ challenges and educational barriers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s article, “Connecting with the Whole Student Experience,” offers insight into the socio-economic challenges today’s college students face – including food and housing insecurities, childcare costs, and mental health struggles. The article, which is part of a larger report, “Reimagining the Student Experience,” was published in August 2022. 

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University Launching Innovative Campus Store Model

University to run new campus store as it moves course materials online with Akademos

We are excited to announce that after a thorough, competitive search, Ferris State University has chosen Akademos as its technology partner to launch a new hybrid bookstore model. Using Akademos’ premier course content platform, Michigan-based Ferris, along with Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, will move course material sales online while running an on-campus store for branded merchandise and apparel.

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