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Hinsdale High School District 86 Offers More Equitable Cost Savings for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Oct 4, 2016 5:00:00 AM

For the past six years, Hinsdale High School District 86 has been perhaps one of the most unique districts in the United States.

It's not uncommon for public schools in the Chicago area to administer a textbook or course material fee to families to cover costs for their student's education, but in an effort to reduce costs, Hinsdale's two high schools — Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South — opted to have families purchase their own materials from a third party.

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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

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.

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4 Reasons Course Material Fee Solutions Are Not as Scary as You Think

Posted by Dean Asher on May 17, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Every industry has its bogeymen that go bump in the night and threaten to disrupt business. Course materials have had their fair share, and one of them is a fulfillment model that is gaining a lot of popularity in recent years: The course material fee program. You might have heard some campfire stories about programs requiring restrictive long-term contracts and earning the ire of students who felt they were forced to acquire their materials and couldn’t choose formats or look for a better deal... but don’t worry: It’s not as scary as it seems.

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How to Get Books in More Students' Hands Before Day One

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 12, 2016 5:00:00 AM

As the cost of educational materials continues to rise, an increasing number of students delay the purchase of course materials, or don’t purchase books at all. To combat this, the ability to include books in students’ course material fees is gaining a significant amount of discussion in the academic world.

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