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CUNY School of Law to Launch Akademos’ Online Bookstore Solution

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The CUNY School of Law partners with Akademos to deliver its students significant discounts on course materials, becoming the third City University of New York (CUNY) Institution to adopt the Akademos online bookstore solution.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that the CUNY School of Law (http://www.law.cuny.edu) has joined its rapidly growing list of partner schools. The School of Law, along with Medgar Evers College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, becomes the third City University of New York (CUNY) Institution to adopt the Akademos value focused bookstore solution within the last 12 months.

Starting in Fall 2015, CUNY School of Law students can shop for textbooks and course materials in the money saving format of their choice and place orders anytime, anywhere through a mobile optimized online bookstore and marketplace.

The new online bookstore will accept the CUNY Scholar card, enabling students to seamlessly apply financial aid toward their purchases. With the deep SIS integration and a best-in-class online shopping experience, students will now be able to complete their course material ordering for a term in less than 5 minutes.

“We believe Akademos will best serve our students and faculty,” said Glenn Kaufhold, Chief Operating Officer of CUNY School of Law. “The Akademos online bookstore is built to meet the demand for competitively priced textbooks, and their innovative faculty resources will create much needed efficiencies in our course material adoption process. As an added benefit, moving to an online bookstore will allow us the opportunity to repurpose our existing bookstore space to better serve our students.”

“I am pleased to welcome CUNY School of Law to Akademos,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We are excited for students to experience our new store design and mobile-optimized shopping experience. Our commitment to continuous innovation around the concepts of value and ease of use will provide outstanding service for CUNY School of Law students, faculty and administrators alike.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit www.akademos.com.

About CUNY Law School
The City University School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. It trains lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities. Our motto, “law in the service of human needs,” infuses everything we do.

About Akademos
Akademos offers virtual bookstore services, eLearning solutions, and an innovative textbook marketplace to schools. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service make Akademos a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose from new, used, rental, and eBook options while schools can reduce costs and increase operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover, and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool at http://www.adoption.akademos.com. Akademos delivers the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more about Akademos’ direct-to-students ecommerce platform at http://www.textbookx.com and its offerings to partner schools at http://www.akademos.com.

Georgia Military College Partners with Akademos to Lower Textbook Costs for Students

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With the goal of providing more affordable access to education for all students, Georgia Military College’s Online Campus partners with Akademos to launch an online bookstore aimed at delivering significant discounts on course materials.

Akademos is pleased to announce that Georgia Military College Online Campus (http://www.gmc.edu), a public-independent educational institution comprised of a junior college and a separate preparatory school, has joined our list of partner schools.

Starting this summer, GMC students will be able to order their course materials through the newschool-sanctioned online bookstore and seamlessly choose between New, Used, Marketplace, Rental and eBook options, dramatically expanding their access to lower cost textbooks. With a design optimized for smartphones and tablets, students can conveniently place orders anytime, anywhere through the new Akademos’ powered service.

“At Georgia Military College, we are continually seeking ways to help students successfully complete their degree as quickly and affordably as possible—and Akademos’ online bookstore aligns perfectly with this objective,” said Jody Yearwood, Executive Director of the Online Campus. “We offer all of our Associate Degrees completely online and charge no out of state tuition fees. And now we will offer students a best-in-class textbook delivery platform with competitive prices, further reducing the expense of education for our students.”

“Like a growing number of institutions, we recognize that affordable access to a high quality education is the cornerstone of Georgia Military College,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We are excited to add GMC to our rapidly growing list of Colleges and Universities. We look forward to teaming with students, faculty, and administrators to lower the cost of course materials, enhance textbook adoption efficiencies, and ultimately, to achieve our mutual goal of improving learning outcomes for students.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and the Akademos’ virtual bookstore offering, visit www.akademos.com. To see how the Akademos solution can work for your institution, register today for a personalized 1:1 consultation.

 

CUNY’s Medgar Evers College to Launch Online Bookstore to Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

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Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

Medgar Evers chooses Akademos to improve student success and increase textbook affordability, becoming the second City University of New York (CUNY) institution to partner with Akademos.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and textbook affordability solutions for educational institutions, announced today that City University of New York’s (CUNY) Medgar Evers College (http://www.mec.cuny.edu) has joined its rapidly growing list of partner schools.

With Akademos’ personalized online bookstore, marketplace and course materials adoption platforms, Medgar Evers students will have significantly expanded access to a broad selection of lower priced textbook options.

“I am pleased to welcome Medgar Evers to Akademos,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires. “We are excited for the opportunity to serve another CUNY school and look forward to applying our experience with Medgar Evers to delivering an innovative online bookstore experience for Medgar Evers students, faculty, and administrators.”

Beginning with summer term 2015, Medgar Evers students can shop for textbooks in the format of their choice across new, used, rental or eBook options and place orders anytime, anywhere through the mobile optimized online bookstore and marketplace. In addition, the bookstore will accept the CUNY Scholar card, enabling students to seamlessly apply financial aid toward their purchases. With the deep SIS integration and best-in-class online shopping experience, Medgar Evers students will now be able to complete their entire textbook ordering for a term in less than 5 minutes.

“During this time of industry-wide bookstore transformation and competitive online landscape, institutions must find proactive solutions to increase textbook affordability,” said Dr. Augustine Okerke, Senior Vice President/Provost at Medgar Evers. “Our new Akademos powered online bookstore will meet our student’s demand for competitively priced textbooks. Furthermore, Akademos will meet our needs by giving students, faculty and administrators more choices, reducing space requirements, and bringing Medgar Evers a stable business model that serves our institution for years to come.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and Akademos’ solutions for Colleges and Universities, visit http://www.akademos.com

About Medgar Evers College
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college. A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit http://www.mec.cuny.edu.

About Akademos
Akademos offers virtual bookstore services, eLearning solutions, and an innovative textbook marketplace to schools. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service make Akademos a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose from new, used, rental, and eBook options while schools can reduce costs and increase operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover, and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool at http://www.adoption.akademos.com. Akademos delivers the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more about Akademos’ direct-to-students ecommerce platform at http://www.textbookx.com and its offerings to partner schools at http://www.akademos.com.

Webinar Registration Now Open: Community Colleges and Solving Escalating Textbook Costs

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In partnership with The American Association of Community Colleges, Akademos is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a brand new webinar focused on addressing the rising costs of textbooks.

See details below and register for free today! Space is limited, so don’t miss out.

Community Colleges and Solving Escalating Textbook Costs

Webinar: Tuesday, March 24, 2pm—3pm ET

Over the past three decades college textbook prices have grown 812 percent, increasing more than 3 times the Consumer Price Index. Colleges across the country are attempting to address this issue in response to recent studies that show that students are opting not to buy some textbooks, resulting in poorer academic performance. This critical issue is especially prevalent at community colleges where often times the cost of class materials can be 35% of the overall cost of education.

In this special interactive webinar, see how other colleges are approaching textbook affordability and how your institution can apply these best practices. Examples of topics that will be covered include, best practices for the formation of a textbook affordability committee, student satisfaction and bookstore utilization tracking, new models for instructional materials that move beyond the printed book, and how institutions balance the budgetary pressures of declining textbook sales with their desire to improve student access to low cost materials.

The panel discussion will include:

  • Dr. Joe May – Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District
  • Mr. John Squires – CEO, Akademos, Inc

  • Plus more

Space is limited, register today. 

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Innovation in Higher Education at ACE Conference 2015

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Leaders from across Higher Education will converge on Washington DC this weekend for the American Council of Education’s 97th Annual Meeting. One of the premier higher education events brings together nearly 2,000 leaders from across the country to hear from thought leaders and discuss the most pressing issues of the day. This year’s theme of “Promises to Keep: Higher Education and the Public Trust” commemorates the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act, the Higher Education Act and the Voting Rights Act and will give attendees the opportunity to reflect on the promise of these initiatives, assess their current status and look ahead to new challenges and accomplishments.

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Featured topics and speakers include:

  • Leveraging Technology to Support First-Year Student Satisfaction and Success
    • Speaker: Denise Swett, Vice President, Student Services, Foothill College (CA)
  • State Financial Aid in the Twenty-First Century
    • Speakers: David A. Longanecker, President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Tim Nesbitt, Chair, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission; Jane V. Wellman, Senior Advisor, College Access Foundation of California
  • Income Inequality in Higher Education
    • Speakers: Paul Krugman Distinguished Scholar, Luxembourg Income Study Center, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and Catharine Bond Hill, President and Professor of Economics, Vassar College (NY)
  • College 2050 – Equity and Innovation in Higher Education
    • Speakers: Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor; Director of the Futures Initiative and the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), The City University of New York Ted Mitchell, Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Council of Fellows Professional Development Session: Steering Your Campus During Difficult Times
    • Speakers: Livingston Alexander, President, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and University of Pittsburgh at Titusville Linda P. Brady, Chancellor, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Alexander Gonzalez, President, California State University, Sacramento Jerrilee K. Mosier, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College– Northeast (IN)

 

These speakers and topics will no doubt stimulate a lot of great discussion on what it will take to educate the next generation of students in our ever evolving world where technology and economic realities create new challenges and opportunities.The team at Akademos is excited to join this important discussion in our Nation’s capital.  As textbook prices soar, colleges are searching for solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students and we would love to share our thoughts on this very important topic.

If you’ll be at the conference please stop by Booth #212 in the Exhibit Hall on March 15 and March 16.  If you can’t make it and want to learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore services for colleges and universities, visit Akademos.com or register today for a personalized 1:1 consultation.

New White Paper: A Roadmap for Colleges and Universities on Improving Textbook Affordability

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Akademos Inc. releases a new White Paper, Reducing Textbook Costs through Transitioning to an Online Bookstore, with case study data from institutions that have successfully made the transition and key best practice recommendations for Colleges and Universities interested in evaluating new lower cost textbook and class material options for students.

Today, Akademos Inc. released a new White Paper that outlines best practices for Colleges and Universities to address the concerns of administrators, faculty, students and parents over the escalating cost of textbooks.

The White Paper highlights the recent experience of two institutions that have successfully addressed textbook affordability by making the transition to an online bookstore. Furthermore, the study provides key steps and detailed best practices for the following topics:

1. Identifying the magnitude of the problem for students

2. Establishing key requirements and criteria for the new solution

3. Distinguishing key components of the implementation process and timeline

4. Collecting and analyzing outcomes and results

“Over the past three decades college textbook prices have grown 812%, increasing three times faster than the Consumer Price Index. Colleges are now searching for new solutions to lower costs and support their core mission of educating students,” said Jonathan Shar, Chief Marketing Officer of Akademos.

“Recent studies have shown that many students are opting not to buy any or all textbooks for at least one of their courses due to these high prices, leading to students being less prepared for class and negatively impacting their academic performance,” said Shar. Left unchecked, these factors may undermine the fundamental mission of many Colleges and Universities. We think this White Paper will provide important insights for Institutions across the country focused on addressing these challenges.”

For a copy of Akademos’ Reducing Textbook Costs through Transitioning to an Online Bookstore White Paper, go to http://info.akademos.com/white-paper-download.This White Paper is available at no charge.

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore services for educational institutions, visit the Akademos website. To see how the Akademos solution can work for your school, register today for a personalized 1:1 consultation.

Northwestern College Launches Online Bookstore to Reduce Student Textbook Costs

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Northwestern College partners with Akademos, an online bookstore provider focused on student success and affordable textbook options, to deliver low-cost materials to students.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated online bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that Northwestern College has joined its list of partner schools. Northwestern College is a private, regionally accredited degree-granting institution with two campuses and an online program serving the greater Chicago area.

With Akademos’ personalized online bookstore and marketplace platform, Northwestern College students will have significantly expanded access to a broad selection of affordable textbook options. In addition, students may seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases.

“At Northwestern College, our mission is to support a student-centered, professional learning community. We are excited to partner with Akademos to deliver a high-value online bookstore solution that will directly benefit our students,” said Gail Schumacher, Executive Vice President of Operations. “Beginning in Spring 2015, students can shop for books in the format of their choice— new, used, rental or eBook— and place orders anywhere, anytime, from any device through Northwestern College’s new online bookstore.”

“Akademos is committed to serving Northwestern College through forward-thinking solutions that will improve textbook affordability, support student success, and make the adoption of high-quality, low-cost materials more efficient for the campus community,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires of Akademos. “That formula is a proven success with schools in the greater Chicago area: last semester, students in the City Colleges of Chicago system saved over $1.6 million on course materials. We believe that our approach will deliver positive results for Northwestern College as well; we’re excited to welcome them to our growing network of schools.”

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and our online bookstore services for educational institutions, visit the Akademos website. To see how the Akademos solution can work for your school, register today for a personalized 1:1 consultation.

 

About Northwestern College
With two branch campuses in the Chicagoland area in addition to NC Online, conveniently serving nearly 1,500 students, Northwestern College provides a solid, career-focused education in some of the fastest growing professions. In as few as one to two years, NC students can earn their certificate or degree and begin working in their chosen fields. For more information, visit http://www.nc.edu.

About Akademos
Akademos offers virtual bookstore services, eLearning solutions, and an innovative textbook marketplace to schools. Its comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service make Akademos a leader in providing affordable textbooks and digital learning tools for schools. Students can choose from new, used, rental, and eBook options while schools can reduce costs and increase operating efficiency. Faculty can search, discover, and adopt new texts using the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool at http://www.adoption.akademos.com. Akademos delivers the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more about Akademos’ direct-to-students ecommerce platform at http://www.textbookx.com and its offerings to partner schools at http://www.akademos.com.

Last Chance Webinar Registration: Win Back Students and Recapture Book Sales

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This webinar is relevant for all higher education institutions looking to increase student satisfaction and offer students lower cost options on textbooks and class materials

Two years ago Davenport University was faced with declining student satisfaction over textbook prices and buying. This dissatisfaction was a leading indicator of what became material declines in bookstore utilization and sales.

Today, through a new lower cost textbook solution, Davenport has already saved students over $1.8 million, increased its bookstore utilization, has been able to optimize the physical store footprint and has dramatically increased student satisfaction.

Join this Webinar for a behind-the-scenes look at Davenport’s approach to winning back students and recapturing sales – and see how to make it work for your school.

Topics will include:

  • Developing Student Satisfaction Tracking and Key Findings
  • Bookstore Utilization Analysis and Sales Trends
  • Cross Functional Team Formation and Key Stakeholder Input
  • Technical Evaluations with areas like Financial Aid, Bursar, IT and Accounting
  • Key Factors for Moving to a New Solution
  • Outcomes and Results

Live webinar: How Your Bookstore Can Win Back Students and Recapture Sales

Time and Date: February 10, 2015
1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

Presented by:
Jaye Lynn Bergers, Director of Procurement and Retail Services (Office of the CFO), Davenport University

Geoffrey Katz, Vice President of Program Management, Akademos

Space is limited, register today.


Akademos Saved Students Over $10 Million in Textbook Costs in 2014

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Akademos Inc., a bookstore provider focused on student success and affordable textbook options, and its 120 partner institutions saved students over $10 million off the list price of textbooks and course materials last year.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of integrated bookstores and marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today that it saved students over $10 million off the list price of textbooks and course materials in 2014.

“We are thrilled that in 2014, we were able to partner with 120 higher education institutions and drive over $10 million in savings for students,” said Chief Executive Officer John Squires of Akademos. “We believe that our low-cost, high-service approach will deliver positive results for college and university students throughout the country and save students even more in 2015.”

Akademos also announced that in 2014 it offered more than 12 million distinct ISBNs ready to ship to its partner institutions and students throughout the country.

Akademos is committed to supporting student success and positive educational outcomes by providing affordable textbook options for students and making the adoption of high-quality, low-cost materials more efficient for the campus community.

To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and to see how the Akademos solution can work for your school, register today for a personalized 1:1 consultation.

 

Last Chance Notification: Reducing Textbook Costs Webinar Registration

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This webinar is relevant for all schools looking to reduce textbook prices and increase student satisfaction.

Live webinar date: January 20, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET

Registration: Space is limited! Register online today.

Presenters: John Jay College CIO Joseph Laub and Geoff Katz, VP of Program Management at Akademos

Overview: Last year, John Jay College identified the diminishing returns of their brick and mortar school bookstore for both students and an issue with the college itself. In a survey administered by the school, 77% of students reported they might not buy textbooks for one or more of their classes due to the high cost of materials. Based upon these findings, there was a clear need to do something significant in order to reduce textbook costs and drive student success.

In just 2 months, John Jay launched a new bookstore solution that was fully integrated with its student and faculty systems. As a result, students were highly satisfied with the service (90% reporting the experience was “easy to navigate”) and to date have saved over $157,000.

Wondering how they did it? Join this webinar for a behind-the-scenes look at John Jay’s approach to implementing an integrated bookstore solution. Find out:

  • The steps John Jay took and how to make it work for your school
  • How Akademos’ SIS/ERP integration technology delivers a personalized student shopping experience
  • Other important Institutional and student benefits, like financial aid integration, reporting, and much more

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