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You Can Ensure Students Have Books Day One

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 15, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Welcome to Textbook Wisdom, a new Direct Network series that speaks directly to faculty about issues in the course material industry that affect the classroom. This is our second article. It explains the how inclusive access ensures students have their books Day One. Share it with faculty — and on social media. Bridge the gap between administrators and educators.

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Alphabetically Challenged: Another Reason Students Fail to Buy Textbooks

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Recently, a former colleague posted a gripe on Facebook illustrating a generation gap that partly explains why students aren’t buying textbooks: Of his 100-plus freshmen at a competitive southeast state school, only two knew the definition of a verb.

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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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Integrate Success With Outstanding Simplified Solutions

Posted by Liz Schulte on Dec 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Course materials are an essential part of learning. Whether or not students have their materials can affect their overall experience in the class and with the school. A student without the required text will fall behind and cause extra work for their instructors. Integrations provide school as a way to simplify distribution and help ensure every student has the necessary materials.

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3 Innovative Revenue Streams for Colleges

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 29, 2017 5:30:00 AM

For many colleges revenue is declining, but the pressure to lower student costs is ever present. Some schools face difficult decisions as enrollment numbers and operating budgets are slashed: layoffs, cutting smaller degree programs or even having to close their doors. With uncertain times ahead, alternative revenue streams are a way that colleges can close budgetary gaps.  

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3 Guaranteed Ways to Save Students the Most Money

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

With declining enrollment in K–12 and higher education, student retention is essential. There’s not an endless stream of students to replace those who choose not to continue their education. At-risk students and families need to know your school understands their challenges and will help them find the best solutions.

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How Faculty Perceive Their Role in Course Materials Choices

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As pressure mounts to reduce student costs, it’s critical for administrators to understand how faculty regard course materials. Instructors are the top decision-makers when it comes to instructional design. Without faculty buy-in, administrative initiatives are likely to fail.

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Spotlight: Jim Luecke How Student Savings Impacts Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Nov 7, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Jim Luecke is a strategic sales consultant for MBS. In the over 12 years he has worked with schools and stores, Jim has collected an abundance of industry knowledge. He uses that expertise to help schools find course materials distribution solutions that best suite their unique needs and situations. We sat down with him to discuss where he sees the industry heading and what trends are gaining momentum as he visits schools across the country.   

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3 Proven Ways You Need to Retain Students

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

Colleges all over the country are looking at their retention rates, trying to figure out how to improve the numbers. With pressure coming from a growing number of states as they adopt outcome-based higher education funding strategies, schools need to figure out how to reach and help at-risk students succeed — but how?

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Win Student Trust From the Start

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

A student stares down at rows of books, perplexed, eyebrows drawn together as she squints at the shelf tags between the constant stream of other students shuffling by. To her left, another student stands with his friends trying to look up the books he needs online.

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