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Dean Asher

About Dean Asher

Dean Asher is a former copywriter with MBS. Though he no longer writes for us, he is still proud of having helped this blog continue to evolve as an industry-leading resource of news and original content.

Recent articles by Dean Asher

Cape Henry Collegiate Makes It Easier than Ever for Families to Purchase Their Students' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Aug 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Cape Henry Collegiate is known for its academics, but if you ask Head of Middle School Amanda Hayes, families choose the Virginia independent school for its focus on knowing, valuing and challenging each of their pre-K through 12th grade students. With 900 students and a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, it's fairly easy to do.

So when their previous course material fulfillment provider struggled to provide the same level of attention and care to providing families with quality materials and service, the school knew it may be time to find a better fit.

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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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Detroit Catholic Central High School Simplifies eContent Delivery and Use for Students

Posted by Dean Asher on Jul 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Since 1928, Detroit Catholic Central (DCC) High School has given 9th–12 th grade boys in the Michigan area a quality college preparatory education guided by their motto: Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge. In the present day, the school's 1,100 students get a more modern twist on their education — a 1:1 program. As an iPad® school, educational apps and digital course materials are an important part of the school's curriculum.

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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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The College of Idaho Launches Online Bookstore and Stays on Campus

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The College of Idaho maximized savings for students and minimized staff headaches by switching to an online bookstore and keeping a physical store on campus. Students now have the right course materials and the cost-saving options they prefer, while the school can concentrate on the higher profit margin spirit gear.

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Open Educational Resources; More Options = More Savings

Posted by Dean Asher on Jan 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

If you've been exploring your options in lower-cost course materials, you've undoubtedly heard the phrase "Open Educational Resources" or "OER". You might assume you don't have the time or manpower to filter through the endless sea of content to find the right OER for your program, but what if you could easily find what you need from a library of well-respected journals and resources — drastically cutting costs to your students, getting more required course materials in their hands on time and improving learning outcomes?

It's easier than you think. Watch this video to learn how you can do it with MBS Direct.

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Mapping Student Buying Habits: A Comparison of MBS Direct Distribution Options [Infographic]

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 15, 2016 9:10:18 AM

This summer we shared the following infographic about the choices students make and how it affects ordering course materials. As students prepare for winter break and the upcoming spring semester, we wanted to have a short refresher about the options available to ensure your students have the materials they need when they need them.  

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Your Students Are Wrong About 'optional' Course Materials

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 13, 2016 12:09:22 PM

Students are buying fewer textbooks from one year to the next. However, the reasons do not rest solely on cost.

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North Central University Simplifies Fulfillment, Saves Students Time

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 29, 2016 5:00:00 AM

When North Central University's longtime bookstore manager took a job elsewhere, the school took the opportunity to re-evaluate its store and how it served students' course material needs. The Christian co-ed Minnesota residential college found that its 1,300 students were facing some challenges, including long waits and an inefficient process within their on-campus bookstore.

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MBS Direct's eGlossary: A Primer on the Digital Dialect [Download]

Posted by Dean Asher on Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

While experts still argue about the details, one thing is clear: digital course materials are here to stay. With such a meteoric rise of such a complex subject, it’s no wonder a lot of buzzwords cropped up in an attempt to define, explain and establish each element that makes up the digital learning experience.

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