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Dean Asher

About Dean Asher

Dean Asher is a former copywriter with MBS. Though he no longer writes for us, he is still proud of having helped this blog continue to evolve as an industry-leading resource of news and original content.

Recent articles by Dean Asher

Find Your Fulfillment Flavor: The Best Course Material Model for Your School

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Finding the right course material fulfillment model for your program might seem like walking into an ice cream parlor: the choices can feel overwhelming. The trick? Know your flavors before going in. 

Some options are better for your institution than others. From contract terms to freedom to flexibility, your choice in fulfillment solution will have a major effect on how your school operates, how your students acquire their course materials, how much they save and ultimately their learning outcomes.

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The College of Idaho Launches Online Bookstore and Stays on Campus

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The College of Idaho maximized savings for students and minimized staff headaches by switching to an online bookstore and keeping a physical store on campus. Students now have the right course materials and the cost-saving options they prefer, while the school can concentrate on the higher profit margin spirit gear.

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Open Educational Resources; More Options = More Savings

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

If you've been exploring your options in lower-cost course materials, you've undoubtedly heard the phrase "Open Educational Resources" or "OER". You might assume you don't have the time or manpower to filter through the endless sea of content to find the right OER for your program, but what if you could easily find what you need from a library of well-respected journals and resources — drastically cutting costs to your students, getting more required course materials in their hands on time and improving learning outcomes?

It's easier than you think. Watch this video to learn how you can do it with MBS Direct.

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Mapping Student Buying Habits: A Comparison of MBS Direct Distribution Options [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 15, 2016 9:10:18 AM

This summer we shared the following infographic about the choices students make and how it affects ordering course materials. As students prepare for winter break and the upcoming spring semester, we wanted to have a short refresher about the options available to ensure your students have the materials they need when they need them.  

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Your Students Are Wrong About 'optional' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 13, 2016 12:09:22 PM

Students are buying fewer textbooks from one year to the next. However, the reasons do not rest solely on cost.

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North Central University Simplifies Fulfillment, Saves Students Time

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

When North Central University's longtime bookstore manager took a job elsewhere, the school took the opportunity to re-evaluate its store and how it served students' course material needs. The Christian co-ed Minnesota residential college found that its 1,300 students were facing some challenges, including long waits and an inefficient process within their on-campus bookstore.

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MBS Direct's eGlossary: A Primer on the Digital Dialect [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While experts still argue about the details, one thing is clear: digital course materials are here to stay. With such a meteoric rise of such a complex subject, it’s no wonder a lot of buzzwords cropped up in an attempt to define, explain and establish each element that makes up the digital learning experience.

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What the Increase in Distance Learning Means for Your School, and Your Brick-and-mortar Store

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 16, 2016 12:25:26 PM

An interesting new statistic is reassuring news for private higher ed institutions that saw their "inevitable downfall" being forecast a few months ago: Distance learners are on the rise at institutions nationally, and it's proving to be a major revenue stream.

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Nolan Catholic High School Students Get the Right Books, on Time

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 8, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Student success is one of Nolan Catholic High School's most critical goals. The 9-12 college prep school offers its approximately 850 students a wide range of honors, AP and dual credit courses, and maintains a successful robotics team, an aquaponic greenhouse and the longest-running ecology program of its kind that offers students field study opportunities throughout Texas and Costa Rica.

NCHS also understands the important role course materials play in student success, which led them to begin searching for a new fulfillment solution for this year.

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Are You Friends or Frenemies with Your Course Material Fulfillment Provider? [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 2, 2016 10:21:42 AM

It might sound like a question out of a glossy teen magazine, but it's important to evaluate your provider frequently and make sure you're getting the most value for your institution and your students. Everything may be going smooth as silk, but there could also be some bumps in the road that are causing major service disruptions.

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