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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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All Saints Episcopal School Helps Students Discover Their All

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

All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas, is an independent college preparatory school whose focus is on nurturing individual student’s talents and interests. Providing a well-rounded education that offers a challenging curriculum, embraces creativity and self-expression, and excellence in athletics, is an essential part of the education students receive at All Saints.

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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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Deepening Charter School Ties

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A partnership between an institute of higher education and a charter school network can be a beautiful thing. For the charter, college and university connections help introduce students to a broader array of possibilities for higher education than they might normally see. The college or university, in turn, is offered a chance to reach a greater number of students, increase campus diversity and boost enrollment numbers.

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Enticing Recruits with the iPad

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 12, 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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The Retention Dimension

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 11, 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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How to Turn Around a Customer Service Nightmare

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

I have never met a single person who hasn’t had a bad customer service experience. In fact, in a single month, I had five bad experiences with various companies, one of which I will never use again. Sadly, I can only think of one truly exceptional customer experience in the same time frame. Customer service is being left behind by disinterested staff and consumers aren’t happy about it.

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Adoptions – Communication Leads to Savings and Student Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Mar 29, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Without proper course materials available on the first day of class the chances of student success are reduced, faculty is unable to teach a course in line with administrative goals, and student and faculty retention become a challenge.

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6 Steps to a Successful EZ Drop Buyback

Posted by Stephanie Kubas on Mar 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Buyback will be here before you know it and MBS Direct offers two options that make selling back books easy for your students. The EZ Drop buyback program, allows students to quickly drop off their books at a designated location and receive a check in the mail or via receive funds via PayPal. Online Buyback is ideal for students who either miss their EZ Drop event or attend a school that does not host one. Regardless of which option you choose, there are a few steps to follow for a successful buyback:

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Find Your Fulfillment Flavor: The Best Course Material Model for Your School

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

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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