California Institute of Integral Studies Selects Akademos for New Online Bookstore Service

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Unique platform and marketplace will provide the University with data to support student success and students with personalized service and affordable course materials

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Providing our students with a wide variety of course material formats; flexible purchasing options; and an easy-to-use, community-accessible platform fits in perfectly with our school’s strategy, goals, and vision for the future. - Matt Segall, Manager, Office of the Provost, CIIS

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) has selected Akademos as its online bookstore provider to help students obtain significant savings on course materials. The mission of CIIS, established in 1968, is to offer traditional degree programs that are expanded through transdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies, utilizing face-to-face, hybrid and online pedagogical approaches. The University, which educates individuals who are committed to transforming themselves, others and the world, plans to launch its online bookstore this spring to support its Summer Semester 2018.

Seamless integration between the CIIS student information system and the Akademos Course Materials Platform (CMP)TM will allow students to see a personalized listing of the textbooks required for each of their courses and to order materials for an entire term, rapidly and efficiently.

A wide selection across new, used, rental and eBook formats will be offered, and when using Akademos’ proprietary peer-to-peer Marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks, students will save an average of 60% off publisher list prices on their course materials. Additionally, students will have the freedom to use financial aid vouchers on all textbook purchases, including significantly discounted marketplace items.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Akademos to maintain a school-sanctioned virtual bookstore and marketplace,” said Matt Segall, Manager, Office of the Provost. “CIIS is dedicated to integral approaches to education. Providing our students with a wide variety of course material formats; flexible purchasing options; and an easy-to-use, community-accessible platform fits in perfectly with our school’s strategy, goals, and vision for the future.”

The online bookstore will also support the University’s faculty and administrators, who will benefit from an easy-to-use and powerful Adoption & Analytics Portal. This platform offers a step-by-step guide for course material adoptions, recommendations, and adoption history, and the ability to compare real-time prices for course materials. The analytics tool will also enable CIIS faculty and leadership to track critical data, including student purchasing and bookstore utilization.

“We’re pleased to be working with California Institute of Integral Studies, and look forward to helping them support the academic achievement of their students,” said John Squires, CEO, Akademos. “In our experience, more affordable and accessible textbooks and course materials drive bookstore utilization, which results in more prepared students and the overall success of an institution.”

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