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10 Things You Need to Know About Non-traditional Students

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Let’s pretend I’m a non-traditional student. It may be hard to picture me, because non-traditional students come from a variety of backgrounds: we are veterans just back from Afghanistan, professionals over age 25 returning to school because we want to change careers or because we’re looking for advancement, and first-generation students fresh out of high school. We are also those enrolled primarily in online classes and holders of GEDs.

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Four Ways MBS Direct Makes Marketing Your Buyback Easier

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Buyback is a great way for students and families to save money on the cost of their course materials, which increases their satisfaction with their educational experience. However, a lot is happening at the end of the semester, making it far too easy for buyback to come and go without students being aware it happened. With the hectic end-of-year pace, MBS Direct wants to make it as simple as possible for you and your students to have a great buyback.

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Should Cybersecurity Be Shared With Your Customers?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Traditionally in business, cybersecurity is something that happens in the background and with the hope the customer never notices it is there. Wanting to protect and preserve the customer experience, the steps a company or institution takes to protect those who use their sites have been hidden from plain view. However, the ongoing publicity surrounding high-profile security breaches have made consumers want reassurance that their information will be secure with your business.

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Career Matters

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Winning the heart of today’s student means showing you care about the two things: money and career.

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The Roads to Course Materials Adoptions

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Timely adoptions are important to the school because they cut costs, save students money and help ensure student success by having all of the required materials available before the start of class. The closer it gets to the end of the semester the more vital for faculty to make and turn in adoptions so the next semester can begin without a hitch.

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The Places to Be

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It’s got to be cool. It can’t be too generic. It’s got to be ultra-convenient, and, most of all, today’s college store must speak directly to the peculiar needs, tastes and lifestyles of a diverse student body.

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Three Ways to Connect With Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Text messaging, email, website, phone, mail, apps, chat, social media, advertisements, in the age of information communication shouldn’t be difficult. The many options for how we speak with one another haven’t made communication simpler. Instead, they have created a cloud of noise that is difficult to maneuver through. How can you ensure your message reaches your specific audience?

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Really, Truly, Actually Required Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It only takes a small act of imagination to understand why an all-inclusive textbook model — a single fee that includes books in the cost of tuition — serves students and faculty well.

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Lycoming College Partnership Better Serves a Diverse Student Body

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 17, 2017 5:30:00 AM

For Lycoming College’s bookstore director Tricia Bausinger, the recent decision to partner with MBS Direct is more than an opportunity to inject new life into a business. It’s a chance to offer better service to a rapidly-changing student body. 

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Is AI the Future of Education?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When the term artificial intelligence is used, it is easy to for the mind to wander to Isaac Asimov’s foreboding stories that contemplate when humans will become obsolete. However, AI is a part of most Americans everyday life. Whether we are trying to push our way through a company’s automated answering to get to a “real person,” using an ATM over a teller at the bank, checking anything on our smartphones or asking Alexa® what the weather will be like today, we encounter some form of technology designed to make our lives easier.  One arena that has been slower to bring AI into the fold is education, but with giants like IBM, Google, Apple and Facebook taking an interest in ed tech, resistance is futile. It is no longer a matter of if AI will permeate education, it is more a question of when and how it will change the way people learn.

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