Judson University Partners with Akademos to Launch Hybrid Bookstore Model

University to Run On-Campus Merchandise Store as it Moves Books and Course Materials Online 

We are thrilled to announce that Judson University has selected Akademos as its partner to launch a hybrid bookstore model at the school. An evangelical Christian University in Elgin, IL, Judson’s community and more than 1,200 students will be supported by an elevated in-store and online experience. Using Akademos’ premier course materials platform, Judson will move textbook sales online while running an on-campus store for branded merchandise and apparel. The new merchandise store comes just in time to support Judson’s emerging football program, which began last fall.

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Rewriting the Rules in Higher Education This Fall

A few hours ago, the CSU system announced that the majority of their classes will be held predominately online in the fall.  As a system, CSU comprises 23 individual institutions and 500,000 students.  It is one of the largest systems in the United States and, as a bellwether, will surely drive additional institutions to contemplate similar actions for the fall.

This domino is the latest to fall as the rules relative to higher education – and our lives – are rewritten due to COVID-19.  Basic activities such as recruiting prospective students by touring the campus have been upended and we now face the very real prospect of classes being held online through the end of 2020.

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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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Keeping Your Campus Store Open, Even When Its Closed

 

Before joining Akademos just a few weeks ago, I worked for many years as a college English instructor at the University of Connecticut. As an “elder millennial” who grew up at the dawn of the Internet age, I was always interested in how the current generation of students relates to technology. I noticed two things: 1] college students are living more and more of their lives online and 2] many students, inundated with technology, crave the embodied experience of the physical campus environment.

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