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University of Jamestown Bookstore Goes Online, Simplifies Fulfillment

Posted by Dean Asher on Jul 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a private four-year liberal arts school in North Dakota, the University of Jamestown has long sought to provide students with a quality education. The college's approximately 1,000 full and part-time undergrad students attend classes in degrees ranging from education and accounting to engineering and biochemistry. Many go on to acquire their Education, Leadership, Clinical Counseling master's and Physical Therapy doctorates at the school's nearby Fargo campus. But the Jimmie Connection, University of Jamestown's retail store, knows what it's like to face stiff online competition.

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The Business Academic Disconnect

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As today’s students look for greater financial return on education, administrators must wake up to a harsh reality: Business leaders think schools offer dismal preparation for jobs. Even the most stellar graduates may struggle in the workplace if curricula fail to reflect corporate expectations.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

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

A toxic employee makes the daily stresses of the education world unbearable. Already, tensions abound with faculty politics, student and family financial concerns — not to mention issues regarding enrollment and retention. These workers create chaos, lower morale and inspire your best employees to quit.

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Demonstrate Digital Fluency With Your Website

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

It hardly seems possible to get through an hour without using technology, let alone a day. We track our health with wearable wristbands, our smartphones are basically pocket-sized laptops capable of doing and finding what we need within seconds, and the majority of our communication channels have turned digital. Students can no longer remember the world before the technology revolution. Digital fluency isn’t optional for schools; it’s a must.

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MBS Direct Expert Q&A: Inclusive Access

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 12, 2017 5:30:00 AM

We sat down with MBS Direct’s General Manager of Retail Operations Josh Wheatley to discuss the company’s inclusive access offerings.

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Build Your School’s Brand

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

What are the first three qualities that come to students’ minds when they are asked about your school? How about the faculty? The community? The alumni? Are all the qualities similar? The answers to these questions make up your school’s brand, which is a vital part of attracting and retaining students.

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Helping Your Most At-Risk Students

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

They’re not asking for handouts. Most have one or two jobs, many have children and many spent their youth in foster care. All are in school, working to improve their lives. Many have insecure housing and food situations — or they are hungry and homeless altogether. Few receive government assistance. They are students who need help.

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How Enhanced eBooks Can Save Reading

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It’s a disease schools must cure: Undergraduates hate reading.

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Code U: Computer Coding in the Core Curriculum

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

A set of job-ready skills, an income-boost, a promotion, a doorway to the middle class: Students want concrete results from college. How can you ensure your school’s degree will be worth more than the paper it’s printed on?

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Can Smartphones Replace Laptops?

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Physical books are being replaced by eBooks — didn’t happen. Blu-ray is the next DVD — sorry, that was streaming. Smartphones are the new laptop — jury’s still out?

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