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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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5 Hidden Problems an Online Bookstore Solves

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

I had witnessed the convenience of an online bookstore first-hand as a college instructor, but it wasn’t until I visited a brick-and-mortar college store during rush that I realized how much can go wrong while a student is doing something as seemingly simple as buying a textbook. I thought that listing the book, the author and the ISBN number on my syllabus was more than enough to ensure students had their course materials in time for my class. Little did I know.

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Spotlight: Kelly Jones It All Comes Back to Service

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

MBS Direct Executive Director of Client Services, Kelly Jones, has been helping educators find course materials solutions since 2002. We sat down with her to discuss the latest challenges in education, the reason more schools are investing in hybrid solutions and the future of the textbook industry.

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3 Lessons Schools Can Learn From Amazon

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 25, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Amazon is one of the biggest retail innovators of the last two decades, arguably the 21st century. They seemingly dive into markets overnight and change the way things are done along with the public’s expectations. What wisdom can schools extrapolate from Amazon’s business practices to carry into the future?

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A Look at How Students Buy Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Course materials have a vital role to play in the success of a student’s education. However, making sure students have what they need when they need it is a concern. With the growing cost of education and student financial struggles, it’s important to understand their buying habits and their preferences when looking for solutions.

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