April 28, 2016 | by Lauren LaFronz | in Research

How to Impact College Student Preparedness

A recent survey conducted by Akademos on college textbooks and bookstore services revealed a troubling trend  a large percentage of students wait until on or after the first day of class to order course materials.

Student unpreparedness is an issue with far-reaching consequences. Students who begin courses without the required materials invariably end up trying to play catch-up  and the longer they wait to get their books, the farther behind they’re likely to fall - and the worse they’re likely to perform.

However, the survey results also uncovered that there’s an actionable way to address this issue  which is good news for colleges and universities.
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April 14, 2016 | by Lauren LaFronz | in Research

College Student Survey Provides Important Insights into Textbook Purchasing & Bookstore Services

This white paper, available free-of-charge, provides valuable insights on why many college students don't purchase their required course materials and are turning away from the school-sanctioned bookstore. 
Other issues explored in this new resource include:

  • The cost students pay academically for high textbook prices

  • How poor communication about course material requirements is affecting student success

  • How key factors such as convenience are causing students to abandon school-sanctioned bookstores

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December 2, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Bookstore Sales, Research

White Paper: Why Students Are Leaving The College Bookstore

Our new white paper, Why Students Are Leaving The College Bookstore, was released today and is now available for download. 

Find out how other institutions are transforming their college bookstores into a best-in-class student service and seeing  significant improvements in   textbook affordability student satisfaction,  and  bookstore utilization  - even as student demands for accessibility, convenience, and affordability accelerate.
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July 22, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Research, Textbook Affordability

Research Finds Correlation Between Textbook Affordability & Student Satisfaction

According to research results highlighted in the 2015 Survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery White Paper, creating a formalized textbook affordability program is the key to unlocking student and faculty satisfaction.

One of the most important insights from our 2015 Survey of College Presidents, Provosts and CAOs on the Future of Bookstore Services and Textbook Delivery is that having a formal program to help faculty select high-quality, low-cost course materials directly correlates with higher student and faculty satisfaction. However, only 21% of institutions in the survey reported that they have a formal program.

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White Paper: College CAO Survey on the Future of Bookstore Services & Textbook Delivery

Survey results highlight  a significant gap between institutions recognizing the problem of textbook affordability and those taking action to implement change.  

In 2013, Akademos conducted the first comprehensive survey of College and University Presidents, Provosts, and CAOs focusing on textbook delivery, costs, and bookstore services. The just-released 2015 follow up survey reveals a rich set of data points, key trends and insight into the challenges and opportunities facing institutions regarding escalating textbook prices and their impact across all campus stakeholder groups.

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June 17, 2015 | by Jonathan Shar | in Research

White Paper: CFO Survey on Textbook Delivery & Bookstore Services

Textbook delivery and bookstore services have become a prominent issue for college and university CFOs, likely due in part to increasing attention to the rising cost of textbooks from students, their families, accreditation committees, and state governments.

To better understand the scope of this issue, we are excited to release the results of our 2015 College CFO Survey on Textbook Delivery and Bookstore Services in this exclusive report.

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