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Cutting Costs Through Consolidation

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 19, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As enrollment numbers continue to decline, many schools must make difficult decisions. Some look for alternative revenue streams to help fill the financial gap while others must take bigger steps. Consolidation of schools or programs is something more schools consider as financial futures are strained.

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Best of 2017: Cost Savings

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 5, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Schools need a way to offer students more savings and a way to increase revenue as budgets shrink. In 2017 some of our most popular posts covered these topics. From ways to provide students with savings on their course materials to ideas for creating alternative revenue streams, check out our top five posts about cost savings.

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Best of 2017: Inclusive Access

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 4, 2018 5:30:00 AM

One of the most popular topics in 2017 was inclusive access. As more students treat course materials as an optional purchase, schools are taking steps to ensure students’ success by initiating an inclusive access program. By including the cost of course materials in tuition, course materials can be bought for less, schools can create a revenue stream and students can get the savings they want.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 21, 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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The Return on Rental

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

A growing number of students are choosing not to purchase their course materials because of the cost associated with them. The practice causes the problems one would expect: more student stress as their grades take a hit, teacher frustration at students not being prepared and a lot of finger-pointing from everyone. The students blame the school. The faculty, in turn, are unaware of how their role can impact the cost to the student. Few people understand the whole process beginning to end — but everyone has an opinion. Students and families want more cost-savings options. After new, used and digital course materials, what’s left? Rental.

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The Roads to Course Materials Adoptions

Posted by Liz Schulte on Oct 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Timely adoptions are important to the school because they cut costs, save students money and help ensure student success by having all of the required materials available before the start of class. The closer it gets to the end of the semester the more vital it is for faculty to make and turn in adoptions so the next semester can begin without a hitch.

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The Adjunct Disjunct

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Although adjuncts save institutions money, these untenured teachers have become so prevalent on campuses many ask whether they represent a crisis for colleges and universities.

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Early Adoptions Provide Student Cost Savings

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 18, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Ideally, students would show up on the first day of class with everything they need to be successful in school. Pen, notebook and … course materials? Not necessarily.

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Stay Informed With Direct Network

Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Direct Network helps you stay ahead of the curve by providing:

  • Course materials insight: OER, rush, adoptions, buybacks and online bookstores
  • Cost saving strategies for schools and students
  • The latest industry and educational technology news
  • Stories about how other schools adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape
  • How to maximize MBS Direct’s services and tools

Here are some posts you might have missed.

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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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