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

Posted by Dean Asher on May 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM
Topics: Higher Ed, Direct Success, course material fee

When it comes to course material distribution, what’s your favorite flavor?

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.

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

  The MBS Direct Online Bookstore
The MBS Direct Online Bookstore
Direct Success, MBS Direct’s Course Material Fee Model
Direct Success, MBS Direct’s Course Material Fee Model
A Less Flexible CMF Model
A Less Flexible CMF Model (The Other Guys)
Academic freedom Non-restrictive: Faculty may change adoptions from term to term Non-restrictive: Faculty may change adoptions from term to term Restrictive: you must sign a multi-term adoptions contract to implement
Pricing Cost-saving options include used books, eBooks, rentals and Marketplace availability MBS Direct bills your institution for the cost of materials at a steep discount. You can pass the savings along and adjust prices students pay per item, course or program or as a flat fee The fulfillment provider determines the cost per book, per program, per term
Student Choice Yes! Students can choose from a variety of ownership options or formats, including new, used, rental, digital and Marketplace Yes! While you can select formats for them, with the Direct Choice program, students can use Direct Success to choose from a variety of ownership options or formats, including new, used, rental and digital Students are forced to accept whatever format and ownership model your fulfillment provider chooses
Opt-out Capability No need to opt out: Students choose to shop at your store MBS Direct offers assistance to help your program’s students opt out of Direct Success in compliance with federal mandates Students will need to have an option to opt out based on federal regulation, but institutions may need to manage that process themselves
Course material ownership Flexible: Students either own their course materials or rent them from MBS Direct, depending on their choice Flexible: Students either choose to buy or rent their course materials, or your school owns them, depending on your choice Typically, the fulfillment provider will own the book
Tenders Accepted Credit or debit, PayPal® or student financial aid vouchers Students simply pay their course material fee however they’d normally pay for tuition and fees at your school, OR you can charge them the exact cost of the materials they choose Students pay their course material fee however they’d normally pay for tuition and fees at your school
Delivery & Fulfillment Out the door within 24 hours of ordering, delivered to students’ addresses Your school determines when orders are shipped and if they are sent to the student or to the school for distribution Delivered to the school or to the student

Whether you choose a traditional flavor like the Online Bookstore or utilize a course material fee program like Direct Success, MBS Direct’s team of dedicated implementation experts and account managers are here to ensure that getting your fulfillment solution up and running is just as easy as using a canned one-size-fits-most solution — without sacrificing the control, customizability and flexibility you need to make fulfillment a success for your institution.

 Contact MBS Direct

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.

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