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Your School Needs Data on Students’ ROI

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Students have one big concern when it comes to college: Whether education will lead to a good job. The focus on career has grown in recent years as Generation Z has matured and entered school. An increasing number of nontraditional students have also begun seeking to better their employment prospects with a degree.

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Three Ways an Online Bookstore Saves Money

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

Practical ways to decrease overhead while increasing productivity are rare, but that is exactly what an online bookstore provides. For a growing number of schools, the costs associated with maintaining a physical bookstore outweigh the benefit — especially when it can be done with virtually no risk or inconvenience.

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Enticing Recruits with the iPad

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

As enrollment declines nationwide, colleges and universities search for ever-more creative ways to recruit. Often prospective students need to see something tangible — a concrete attribute that sets one $30,000-plus liberal arts school apart from another of comparable size and cost. To a student, what’s going to make one grassy quadrangle look different from the next?

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OER Email Course; Digital Learning to Your Inbox

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Sep 19, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Understanding course material options available to your faculty and students is the first step in keeping student costs down, ensuring materials are in their hands when they need them which results in higher student success rates. In an effort to educate and offer clarity about digital offerings, MBS Direct has released another complimentary email course focusing on Open Educational Resources (OER).

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The Retention Dimension

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Why do so many of America’s college students fail to graduate? Why are some institutions able to retain students while others can’t?

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Crowdfunding’s Impact on Giving to Education

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

What if your school could raise more than $2 million in less than 48 hours without making a single phone call? Not only is it possible, one school has already done it. Philanthropic giving to education is increasing, and crowdfunding has changed the way donors are being reached. Nothing is going to replace personal relationships built between development officers and active alumni when soliciting large donations. This change comes in the form of small to moderate-sized contributions and the opportunity the internet provides to reach a much larger group of alumni and potential donors interested in the work your school is doing. Many higher education and K-12 schools have already started to see the impact of crowdfunding on their development efforts.

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The Pitfalls of Big Data

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Big data has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives. It determines the advertisements we see, the routes our GPS directs us, the posts we encounter on social media, unusual activity on our credit cards, entertainment recommendations from streaming services and the list could go on. Big data has become big business.

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Spotlight: Jennifer Relles — the OER Solution Right for You

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 12, 2017 8:47:55 AM

This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with MBS Direct’s Publisher Relations Coordinator Jennifer Relles to discuss OER. Jennifer has been with MBS for five years and loves helping clients discover the ins and outs of OER services and low-cost digital content alternatives.

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Waiting for Superbots: Why the Next Great Teachers Might Use AI

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Teacher, student, text: Of these three fundamental education components, which is the least necessary to the learning process? The teacher.

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The Places to Be

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 8, 2017 8:15:00 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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