Akademos Releases 2016 College Student Survey on Course Material Purchasing and Bookstore Services

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New research provides valuable insights on why many college students don’t purchase their required course materials and are turning away from the school-sanctioned bookstore

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The findings of our first comprehensive student survey highlight how important it is for institutions to carefully assess their course material and bookstore offerings, and add capabilities and services that best support their students’ needs.

Akademos, Inc., a leading provider of college bookstore solutions and integrated online marketplaces for educational institutions, announced today the availability of a new white paper containing the results of its exclusive 2016 college student survey on course material purchasing and bookstore services. The white paper uncovers significant new insights into how students are affected academically by high textbook prices and less apparent factors like poor communication regarding course material requirements. It also exposes how key factors such as convenience are causing students to abandon school-sanctioned bookstores.

The report is available for free and can be requested at http://hubs.ly/H02Fc3W0.

The survey results reveal several important statistics that indicate institutions should take a close look at their own students’ attitudes and behaviors related to textbook costs and bookstore services in general:

  • 40% of students surveyed indicated they only purchase some or none of their required course materials
  • 39% of students surveyed have taken a course without the required materials because they’re too expensive. 60% of them think they would have performed better if they’d had the materials.
  • 49% of students surveyed always or usually purchase textbooks from Amazon. 44% hardly or never purchase from the on campus bookstore.
  • 37% of students surveyed wait until on or after the first day of class to acquire their materials, mainly because they don’t know what’s necessary or required

“The findings of our first comprehensive student survey highlight how important it is for institutions to carefully assess their course material and bookstore offerings, and add capabilities and services that best support their students’ needs,” said John Squires, chief executive officer, Akademos. “Taking steps to improve textbook affordability and student preparedness will increase student satisfaction, bring students back to the school-sanctioned bookstore, and ultimately ensure colleges and universities uphold their core mission to educate.”

In addition to providing key student survey findings and analysis, the white paper delivers actionable recommendations administrators and campus shop operators can use to reduce textbook costs, improve student satisfaction with bookstore services and increase bookstore sales.

About Akademos
Akademos offers customized, online bookstore services and solutions that support what's most important to institutions - from full-service virtual bookstores to unique partnerships and products supporting on-campus shops. Akademos delivers cost savings on course materials for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook delivery process.

Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. The company’s comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes it the choice of leading institutions throughout the country.

Akademos helps institutions deliver the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more at http://www.akademos.com

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