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Follett Unveils Major Updates to Market-Leading Destiny Solution

August 15, 2016
MCHENRY, IL – Offering an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources (OERs), as well as ushering in a dramatically refreshed user interface, Follett today announced one of its most significant updates ever to its Destiny product. “We continue to invest in our market leading solution, and these updates are game changers for the marketplace,...

Follett Donates $100,000 in Scholarships to All-USA Community College Academic Team

April 12, 2016
WESTCHESTER, IL – Follett Higher Education Group, in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa, is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Follett will again donate $100,000 in scholarships, translating to $5,000 for each 2016 All-USA team member. Follett’s ongoing relationship with Phi Theta Kappa and sponsorship of the All-...

Follett Commits to U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen Initiative to Support Schools’ Use of OERs

February 26, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – Follett announced today it will join the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign committed to supporting districts and educators as they transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources (OERs) in their schools. Follett plans to introduce searching and access to the Learning Registry – a shared repository of ...

Follett Partners with Cengage Learning to Sell Career and Technical Education Solutions

February 4, 2016
MCHENRY, IL – Studies show high school students involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) are more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher rates. To help give students in grades 9 through 12 the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers, Follett is partnering with Cengage Learning to offer more than 1,700 of Cengage Learning’s ...

Follett Supports ‘Future Ready Schools’ Initiative on Behalf of Project Connect

December 14, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Follett  joined a strong educational coalition of national partner and regional organizations, and major corporations, by supporting Future Ready Schools, an initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Education to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for career success. The ...

Follett Integrates with eBook Providers to Create Open Content Repository for PreK-12 Districts

November 2, 2015
COLUMBUS, OH – Follett continues to expand its market-leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources. The announcement ...

Follett Receives Gold Zero Waste Facility Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

October 27, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – As the higher education community gathers for the 2015 AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Conference, Follett is proud to announce a major sustainability milestone for its Aurora Distribution Center (ADC) in Aurora, Ill. The facility, which supports its higher education business, has been awarded the Gold Zero Waste...

As College Costs Continue to Increase, Textbook Costs Decline

August 19, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – While tuition prices continue to soar, the cost of textbooks and other course material is being kept in check by an increasing number and variety of low-cost alternatives. In the 2014-2015 school year; college students spent an annual average of $563 on textbooks and course materials, according to the National Association of College Stores. That's down ...

Follett Sponsors Thirst Project’s Annual Gala and Engages Students in the Water Crisis

June 25, 2015
CHICAGO – Follett Higher Education Group, operator of nearly 1,200 college campus stores, is proud to sponsor the Thirst Project’s 6th Annual Thirst Gala taking place on June 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The fundraiser and multi-media exhibit is hosted to promote and raise awareness of the Thirst Project’s efforts to build freshwater wells in ...

Follett Appoints Ray A. Griffith as President and CEO

May 4, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – Follett Corporation, a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, districts and college campuses for more than 140 years, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ray A. Griffith as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Mary Lee Schneider, who has retired from Follett as both President and Chief...

Follett Challenge Announces 2015 Winners

April 30, 2015
CHICAGO – Follett Corporation today announced the winners of the fourth annual  Follett Challenge, which empowers innovation and rewards ground-breaking educational programs. O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove School District #58 in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been awarded the Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The...

Follett Doubles Scholarship Award to the 2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team

April 28, 2015
CHICAGO – Follett Higher Education Group, in partnership with Phi Theta Kappa, is proud to announce that Follett is doubling its sponsorship of the 2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team to $100,000 in scholarships. Follett’s growing sponsorship reflects its shared commitment to Phi Theta Kappa’s mission to encourage student achievement, support ...

Follett Partners with Thirst Project to Engage Students in the World Water Crisis

April 7, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – Follett Higher Education Group is pleased to announce the continued growth of its partnership with the Thirst Project, the world’s leading youth water activism organization aimed at ending the world water crisis. This year, Follett and the Thirst Project will be delivering a series of new awareness campaigns and programs across Follett’s network ...

ThinkCERCA and Follett Announce Partnership to Fuel Expansion of Literacy Opportunities for Students Everywhere

March 12, 2015
CHICAGO, IL – Chicago-based ThinkCERCA and Follett Corporation today announced a strategic partnership to expand access to web-based academic reading and writing instruction for students everywhere. The announcement also marks the completion of ThinkCERCA’s $3.2 million Series A round, led by the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million capital funding source for new ...

Follett Partners with XanEdu, Leverages Follett Discover to Streamline Creation of Custom Course Materials

March 9, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – Follett Higher Education Group is excited to announce the launch of a new streamlined process for creating and ordering custom course materials within Follett Discover, its proprietary course materials application comprised of the Faculty Discover and Student Discover tools. Partnering with XanEdu, the nation’s leading provider of custom course ...

Follett Challenge Reveals Semifinalists, People's Choice Winners

February 13, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – The fourth annual Follett Challenge - a contest that highlights and rewards the most innovative K-12 programs that teach 21st century skills to students - officially launched in October of 2014. Since then, Follett has received 113 entries from schools around the country, all showcasing their unique programs that exemplify innovation in ...

Follett Invests in Vocabulary.com

February 5, 2015
CHICAGO, IL – Follett Corporation today announces a strategic investment in Vocabulary.com, a leading learning platform in the K-12 and consumer space.  The investment reflects Follett's support and development of new technology with the potential to enhance the delivery of education and improve student outcomes. Vocabulary.com is a global online adaptive ...

ASCD Annual Conference Attendees Invited to Saturday Night Strikes: #ASCD15 Bowling Social

January 29, 2015
ALEXANDRIA, VA – ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced today its Saturday Night Strikes: #ASCD15 Bowling Social, occurring during the 70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show on March 21, 2015, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Lucky Strike Houston. The event is sponsored by Follett. “One ...

Follett Partners with University of Notre Dame and the Center for the Homeless to Help SOCK Out Homelessness

January 26, 2015
WESTCHESTER, IL – Following the conclusion of the SOCK Out Homelessness campaign, Follett’s Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore is donating $12,649 to the Center for the Homeless (CFH), South Bend. SOCK Out Homelessness, which ran from October through December, promoted the donation of a portion of the bookstore’s proceeds from each Under Armour sock purchase to the CFH. ...

Follett Expands Partnership, Driving Alta Gracia Awareness and Operation Sustainability

December 18, 2014
WESTCHESTER, IL – Follett has closely partnered with socially conscious apparel manufacturer Alta Gracia since the brand's inception to maximize orders and presence in Follett campus stores nationwide. Just in time for the holiday season, Follett is significantly extending this partnership to deliver a deeper assortment of fair trade apparel as well as drive forward Alta ...

Follett School Solutions' President Tom Schenck Elected to SIIA Education Division's Board of Directors

November 14, 2014
MCHENRY, IL – Follett School Solutions' President Tom Schenck has been elected to the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) Education Division Board of Directors. SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital industries, responsible for driving the future of edtech policy. Schenck, joined Follett in 1989 and was named to his ...

Skyo Awards Winner of Dirty Little Secret Contest with Trip to The Thirst Project's 5th Annual Thirst Gala

June 18, 2014
CHICAGO, IL – University of Florida student Sylvia Lai is the winner of Skyo's Dirty Little Secret photo contest. In partnership with The Thirst Project, Skyo sponsored the contest to engage students nationwide in spreading the world's dirty little secret - that nearly one billion people do not have access to clean water. Raising awareness of this stark reality...

Follett Achieves Two Million Pound Recycling Milestone

March 31, 2014
WESTCHESTER, IL – For 2013, Follett set a monthly goal to defer 95 percent of its Aurora Distribution Center’s total waste away from landfills through a robust recycle, reuse and repurpose program. Today, Follett proudly announces that it exceeded its goal. In the past year alone, the Aurora Distribution Center recycled more than two million pounds of waste. This ...

Follett VP Susan Adelmann Named Co-Chair of SIIA Education Division’s Board of Directors

February 6, 2014
MCHENRY – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, has named Susan Adelmann as co-chair of its Education Division Board of Directors for 2014. Adelmann, vice president of strategic partnerships for Follett School Solutions, was originally elected to a two-year ...

Follett Invests in Campus Quad Mobile Platform for College Campuses

October 30, 2013
RIVER GROVE – Follett Corporation today announced it has invested $1 million in Campus Quad™, a mobile-first platform designed for creating and consuming content within higher education communities. Created to leverage the market penetration and usage of smartphones among 18- to 24-year-olds, Campus Quad allows students to instantly create and connect to content ...