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The Winter of Students’ Discontent

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

Bill Gates didn’t graduate college. Neither did Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Frank Lloyd Wright and the list can go on with the names of highly innovative, creative and intelligent individuals.

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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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Inclusive Access: the Solution You Need

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

There are plenty of areas schools have to be concerned with: enrollment numbers, student success, faculty relations, public perception, recruitment, profitability and the list could continue.  Whether or not students have their required materials in hand before the start of class is a growing concern. However, not for all schools. Some have already found a solution to the problem: inclusive access.

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Trouble in Mind: A New Study Shows a Need for Strong Mental Health Networks on Campus

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 2, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Hate-crime, anorexia, trauma, rape, psychosis, suicide: They're words no one likes to utter, but neglecting to do so can be a tragic (and costly) failure to address the realities of college life. New research shows that now more than ever campuses must take preventative steps to protect student mental health.

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Expecting Tech

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A student shows up to class with their digital textbook after having turned in their homework and checked their grades on the learning management system. Later that day the same students receives an email alert about upcoming events on campus, participates in an online group discussion and gets an SMS notification about an urgent campus update. Would you consider that school tech savvy? Students wouldn’t.

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Amazon Cybercriminals Endanger Students

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

A global ransomware attack raises awareness about cybercrime, but a less-publicized scam is likely to impact students more: phony third-party sellers on Amazon that snag credit card information and fail to ship promised goods.

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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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Centennials Focus on Quality

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As the millennials are graduating, centennials are moving in, bringing a new set of values with them. They have high expectations, a focus on quality, a strong sense of thrift and the shortest attention span to date. Having never experienced life without technology, this resourceful generation is about to change the rules and it is up to the rest of us to keep up.

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Simplified Online Bookstore Streamlines Purchasing Experience

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Dec 20, 2016 5:30:00 AM

In a move designed to make the online shopping experience more about the customer experience, MBS Direct is redesigning the Online Bookstore with the goal of presenting the best information, at the right time, in an easy to understand layout accessible from any device. The new bookstore will be made available to all MBS partners in phases, starting in late 2016 through 2017. 

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