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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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MBS Direct Expert Q&A: Inclusive Access

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 12, 2017 5:30:00 AM

We sat down with MBS Direct’s General Manager of Retail Operations Josh Wheatley to discuss the company’s inclusive access offerings.

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Mars Hill University Bookstore Joins the MBS Direct Family

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

Mars Hill University is a small, independent, Baptist university in Western North Carolina founded in 1856. Rooted in faith and community, the school equips their students with the educational means to pursue intellectual, spiritual and personal growth. The small campus and almost equally small town form a community that is practically in distinguishable from one another.

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An All-Inclusive Model for All-Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 31, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The sky-rocketing debt college students are incurring is more than just a hot-button issue. Between tuition, housing and course materials, students are buried under a mountain of debt they have little hope of ever paying off. It’s not a new problem, it’s one that has been growing for years, but it is receiving more national attention than ever before as student protestors rally together behind the cry for free-tuition. Schools have to look at ways to curb some of the costs or enrollment and retention rates will continue to decline.

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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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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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Taking the Hassle Out of Course Material Management

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jul 12, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Ever wonder why large companies are able to offer lower prices than the local mom-and-pop store? The core reasoning behind that phenomenon is something called "economy of scale." In essence, the bigger the company, the more they are able to put towards things like efficiency, which results in savings. Those savings can then be passed on to customers. The economy of scale MBS Direct provides can make a significant difference to the success of your course material program. In this guide, we go through all the different ways our company helps you stand out:

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Is a Course Material Fee Program Right for Your Students? [White Paper]

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 28, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Deciding whether or not to utilize a course material fee model at your school is a complex choice. Like any decision, there are lots of things to consider: how will this affect the cost your students pay? Is delivery reliable? Will faculty have the academic freedom they need to change their adopted course materials as often as they want? Will students have choice of format or the ability to easily opt out? We know you'll have questions, which is why we're helping you find answers.

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Managing Course Material Costs for Your Students [Prezi]

Posted by Dean Asher on Jun 16, 2016 6:00:00 AM

If you want your students to be as successful as possible, they need to have their course materials. When cost, convenience or other factors lead to lower acquisition rates, many schools look to shake up their fulfillment model to encourage more students to get the materials they need before the start of class. There are lots of ways to do that out there, but not every approach is right for every school. Some are tried-and-true, more conservative plans to help keep costs down for students, while others require more investment and an aggressive implementation to pay out big.

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

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

When it comes to course material distribution, what’s your favorite flavor?

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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