Hastings College: A Case Study on Equitable Access Success

One of the themes consistently mentioned in our conversations with colleges and universities is – schools are looking for creative new ways to increase enrollment and drive student success.

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Opening an Equitable Access Conversation on Campus

When change is hard, communicating the right information to the right audience is key to getting your team on board. 

At the root, Equitable Access is the bundling of books and course materials with tuition, but when you dive into the details, Equitable Access is so much more. 

Equitable Access is:

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Technology Drives RIT to New Online Bookstore

They’re no strangers to new technology, which is why Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the four-year, private university in Western New York transitioned its bookstore online to the Akademos platform. The transition ensures a course material platform, driven by technology, is available to their nearly 16,000 students. The most popular disciplines for students at RIT are engineering, computer and information science, and engineering technologies. 

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Mercy College of Health Sciences is Improving the Student Experience

Mercy College of Health Sciences (MCHS) students can now access their course materials through a college-branded bookstore website powered by Akademos. With a single sign-on option, designed for convenience, students have the ability to view their enrolled courses and adopt required course materials. They can also choose to purchase from multiple options including new, used, digital, and through the Akademos Marketplace.

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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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