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Campus Store Conversations Maximizing Cost Savings Panel Discussion

Posted by Liz Schulte on 6/3/20 6:00 AM

Looking toward the fall term, many college stores are making plans for multiple possible scenarios they may face. For many, there is still a lot unknown. However, lowering costs as well as saving time and employee resources remains important in every scenario. For this Campus Store Conversation, we invited three college stores to share what they are doing to help lower costs and efficiently manage course materials.

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Navigating Complex Course Material Trends [White Paper]

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/14/19 6:00 AM

Course materials are a vital part of education. Without the necessary materials for class, student performance suffers, and students can easily fall behind. This is one of the reasons why college affordability and textbook affordability are such important issues in higher education. The “Navigating Complex Course Material Trends” white paper gives your campus store a complete guide to today’s most effective cost-saving solutions.

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Spotlight: University of Dayton Bookstore’s SimpleSource Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/18/19 6:00 AM

 The University of Dayton Bookstore recently began using MBS’ new ordering tool SimpleSource. We sat down with Textbook Manager Kevin Poindexter to discuss his experience with SimpleSource and the features that have worked well for his store. 

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Spotlight: Textbook Adoption Rate Soars at Chemeketa Community College Bookstore

Posted by Liz Schulte on 3/4/19 5:30 AM

With an adoption completion rate of 99.92% seven weeks before the start of spring term, Chemeketa Community College is inspiring. Recently, we sat down with Chemeketa’s Director of the Bookstore and Auxiliary Services Meredith Schreiber and the Bookstore Course Materials Coordinator Bonnie Perry to discuss their approach to faculty adoptions and student affordability.

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Publishing Executives Weigh in on Enhancing Student Affordability

Posted by Liz Schulte on 9/10/18 6:30 AM

The demand for an education that is affordable, accessible and personalized is driving innovation and creating new opportunities for students to save money on the course materials vital to their collegiate success. Publisher rentals are the latest industry solution that emerged from student-driven conversations about the effect of course materials on their educational experience.

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Barnes & Noble Education and Pearson Expand Relationship, Driving Access and Affordability at Campuses Nationwide

Posted by admin on 6/19/18 12:00 PM

June 19, 2018, Basking Ridge, NJBarnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, today announced an agreement with Pearson to distribute Pearson rental titles at the Company’s 1,483 physical and virtual campus bookstores nationwide. The agreement will allow the companies to provide students, faculty and institutions with greater access to more affordable course materials.

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What Do Customers Love About DVU Bookstore?

Posted by Lori Reese on 4/30/18 10:30 AM

Delaware Valley University Bookstore Assistant Director, Rick Horner, has a deep understanding of industry challenges. That’s probably one reason the Doylestown, Pennsylvania campus retailer continues to thrive.  

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Textbook Wisdom: Do Your Students Know the Value of Books?

Posted by Lori Reese on 3/15/18 5:30 AM

Looking back, the things I told students about the value of books were way too abstract. When I was a teacher, I didn’t realize that the cost of course materials had soared in recent years. I didn’t know many students opted out of buying required books altogether. I thought they simply believed they could do well in an English class without reading — and I had all kinds of theories about why they dismissed reading assigned literature as unimportant. In some ways, I might have been right, but, in others, I was flat-out wrong.

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Why Now? The Adoption Answers You Need for Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on 2/7/18 5:30 AM

It’s a distraction, an onerous bit of red tape or just an abstract requirement that seems out-of-step with classroom reality: Your earnest early-adoption request ends up deleted, routed to junk mail or ignored because faculty don’t understand why you’re sending requests out so early.  If you want teachers to cooperate with the college store schedule, it’s critical to anticipate their questions, understand confusion and offer succinct, concrete answers.

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Spotlight Lori Van Gerpen: You Need at Least One Foot on the Train

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/30/18 5:30 AM

Territory Manager Lori Van Gerpen meets with college stores and campus administrators across the nation. With more than 15 years in the course material industry — plus several years’ experience working in collegiate retail — Van Gerpen has a wealth of knowledge to share with those struggling to find course material solutions. We sat down with her to discuss the future of the industry — digital, Open Educational Resources (OER) and the need for all stakeholders in the course material process to be prepared for change.  

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