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3 Ways a Bookstore Can Boost (or Undermine) Retention

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Grades, school cost, student satisfaction: All influence student retention. Your campus bookstore — whether virtual or brick-and-mortar — has a critical impact on all three factors.

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Spotlight Lori Van Gerpen: You Need at Least One Foot on the Train

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

Territory Manager Lori Van Gerpen meets with college stores and campus administrators across the nation. With more than 15 years in the course material industry — plus several years’ experience working in collegiate retail — Van Gerpen has a wealth of knowledge to share with those struggling to find course material solutions. We sat down with her to discuss the future of the industry — digital, Open Educational Resources (OER) and the need for all stakeholders in the course material process to be prepared for change.

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Who Needs It? Explain Why the Book You Selected Matters

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 8, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Introducing “Textbook Wisdom,” a Direct Network series that speaks directly to faculty about the course materials industry and its impact in the classroom. Share it with faculty — and on social media. Bridge the communication gap between administrators and educators.

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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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Why Now? The Adoption Answers You Need for Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on Oct 31, 2017 5:31:00 AM

It’s a distraction, an onerous bit of red tape or just an abstract requirement that seems out-of-step with classroom reality: Your earnest early-adoption notice ends up deleted, routed to junk mail or ignored because faculty don’t understand why you’re sending requests out so early.  If you want teachers to cooperate with the official bookstore schedule, it’s critical to anticipate their questions, understand confusion and offer succinct, concrete answers.

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Low Cost Digital Content Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Quality and affordable course materials aren’t mutually exclusive. Without the production costs of a traditional textbook, digital course materials are available at lower prices and can be customized for individual classes. Through MBS Direct's digital options, educators can meet the needs of their classroom and enhance student learning and engagement.

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10 Ways Savvy Adoptions Can Lead to Student Savings

Posted by Kate Seat on Mar 9, 2017 5:30:00 AM

When choosing course materials, it’s possible to provide quality and lower costs for your students — all it takes is a little careful consideration.

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6 Ways Students Benefit from an Online Bookstore

Posted by Kate Seat on Feb 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

College students lead busy lives. Juggling classes, homework, jobs, extracurricular activities and their personal lives doesn't leave a lot of free time to devote to searching for the course materials they need to succeed. An Online Bookstore provides these price-savvy shoppers with convenience, increased savings and a broader selection. Here's how:

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The Real Reasons Students Aren’t Getting Their Hands on Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Jan 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Students are not purchasing their course materials and there are reasons outside of cost. Factors include faculty disagreeing with administration, students spending their money elsewhere and a lack of selection when trying to purchase materials late.

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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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