The Pace of Technological Change is Accelerating in the Course Materials Landscape

As our world grows increasingly more digital, we find that the pace of technological advancement continues to accelerate. We’re at the start of a Fourth Industrial Revolution according to Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, and we’ve arrived at the start of this new age in less than half the time it took for the Third Industrial Revolution to occur.

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Increasing Number of Colleges and Universities Prioritizing Textbook Affordability and Student Success

Over the past academic year, 16 institutions have chosen the Akademos virtual bookstore solution, lowering textbook prices for students and offering advanced tools for faculty.

16 colleges and universities have selected Akademos as their virtual bookstore services provider for the upcoming academic year.  These partnerships highlight the growing trend for colleges and universities to prioritize textbook affordability and student academic success by moving to a virtual model for course materials.

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Midway University Partners with Akademos for New Online Bookstore Services

Akademos’ low cost course materials and highly personalized service to support student academic success

Midway University has selected Akademos as its new online bookstore provider to help students save on their textbooks. The private, liberal arts university was founded in 1847 and offers career-focused degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The University, located in Midway, Kentucky, will launch its Akademos bookstore on July 1 in support of its Fall Term 2018.

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June 19, 2018 | by Jonathan Shar | in Partnerships, Course Materials

Fort Hays State University to Launch New Hybrid Bookstore with Akademos and indiCo

Akademos virtual course material store will provide students with lower cost course materials and indiCo will provide an innovative retail environment on campus

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) has announced a partnership with Akademos, to provide a full-service, virtual course materials store and indiCo, to provide the institution with a best-in-class on campus store for all general merchandise such as FHSU clothing and gifts, school supplies, tech accessories and more. The hybrid partnership will dramatically lower textbook prices and provide an innovative and customized retail environment on campus.

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June 12, 2018 | by Jonathan Shar | in Partnerships, Course Materials

Snow College Selects Akademos for New Online Bookstore Service

Unique platform and marketplace will provide students with personalized
service and more affordable course materials

Snow College has selected Akademos as their online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials. Consistently ranked as one of the top educational institutions in the country, Snow is ideal for students looking to achieve academic success in a fun, safe, residential campus environment.  The Institution has two campuses in Utah as well as an online degree option and plans to launch its online bookstore to support the Fall Semester 2018.

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June 6, 2018 | by Jonathan Shar | in White Paper, Course Materials

Akademos Report Reveals How Rising Textbook Prices are Impacting Curriculum Choice and Student Academic Success

Exclusive report highlights key trends on college and university student perceptions and behaviors as they relate to textbooks and course materials

Today, we announced the release of an exclusive new white paper that highlights the results of our proprietary 2018 College and University Student Survey on Course Material Purchasing and Bookstore Services. This report provides valuable data and insightful analysis on student perceptions and behaviors as they relate to textbooks and course materials. While the report confirms common assumptions regarding how the rising cost of course materials is a hardship for many students, the study also reveals that students are now, at an increasing rate, choosing not to purchase materials and/or opting out of some classes due to these costs. The implications of this emerging behavior, including limiting students’ potential career choices, are examined in our recently published white paper. The report, which represents responses from nearly 1,300 students, nationwide, provides valuable information on a variety of topics related to how students view their required course materials and the role of the school-sanctioned bookstore.

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