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.
The MBS Direct Online Bookstore
Direct Success, MBS Direct’s Course Material Fee 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|
|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 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 will ensure your fulfillment solution is up and running in a snap — without sacrificing the control, customizability and flexibility you need to make fulfillment a success for your institution.
Originally posted May 24, 2016