Insights (Archive)

K-12 Trends and How They Influence the Horizon of Higher Education

It’s natural to assume a “trickle-down” approach to trend spotting and believe that what’s happening in higher education guides educators and administrators in shaping the K–12 experience. After all, if entrance into colleges and universities represents the desired goal, then it makes sense that trends in higher education set the tone for how K–12 schools prepare tomorrow’s learners.  

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“All For One” partnership delivers added value campus-wide - Xavier University

Xavier University – the sixth-oldest Catholic and fourth-oldest Jesuit University in the country – is home to over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Central to the Cincinnati-based university is its “All For One. One For All”. “The Power of X” motto urges students, faculty and the campus community to learn, serve and change the world together.

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Follett INSIGHT Article: The Perceived Value of Textbooks

How professors view the importance of their assigned course materials doesn’t always match students’ perceptions. In fact, students may not purchase required materials at all. Why is that? And what can professors do to increase the perceived importance of course materials? In this article, we’ll explore why this phenomenon is occurring, and what campus stores and professors can do to restore the perceived value of course materials.

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INSIGHT - Rented vs. Purchased Texbooks

College students have plenty of decisions to make, among them: purchase class materials or rent them? With the costs of textbooks climbing and with most popular titles readily available, renting new or used books is a growing trend.

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INSIGHT - The Real Costs of Textbooks - and Affordable Options for Students

On the surface, many students are surprised at the local costs of course materials per term. They often think that the materials are unaffordable, especially when layering in the reality of rising tuition bills.  The good news? Options exist that can bring the price of course materials within students’ reach. In fact, the actual costs are much lower than published prices when you consider alternatives such as rental and used book programs, and digital editions offered by the campus store.

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INSIGHT - Lowering the Cost of Textbooks Through On-time Adoption Submissions

Over the past decade, the cost of higher education has continued to rise faster than income growth, posing significant challenges for students and families struggling to afford a college degree.

Students are actively looking for avenues to find relief and avoid additional expenses, often cutting corners on basic needs in order to save money. Colleges and universities across the country are actively looking for ways to help their students address these rising costs, particularly with textbooks.

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Understanding the Truth Behind Today's Academic Retail Marketplace

Today’s college students face many challenges. One of the biggest is the rising cost of course materials — a product of a rapidly changing industry. The College Board estimates that the average student at a four-year public college spends $626 on books annually. This hefty expense adds to the increasing amount of money that students need to pay for their education.

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Store transformation and partnership combined to create flagship campus store - UMass Lowell

Home to 17,000 students, UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. As part of the university’s commitment to fulfill the needs of its ever-growing student body, support the university’s goal of environmental friendliness and help revitalize the town, UMass Lowell invested $95 million in a state-of-the-art complex to unify its North, East and South campuses and the community.

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Follett's bookstore and cafe solution transforms a town and its community - DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana is home to a unique blend of industrial and commercial businesses as well as a top ranking private liberal arts college – DePauw University. As a State of Indiana Stellar Community grant recipient, Greencastle‘s vision to revitalize its community and downtown area and create the next great college town was in motion.

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Outsourcing the Campus Store

College and university officials today find themselves squeezed between two conflicting pressures. On one hand, they must continue to invest in the resources necessary to deliver the kind of high-quality education services that can attract, retain and graduate students, year after year. However, at the same time, they have to develop strategies for managing the rising costs of delivering an education in a tough global economy.

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