Edgecombe Community College Launching Online Bookstore to Enhance and Improve the Student Experience

Industry: Education

Through a competitive proposal process, the College chose Akademos as their online bookstore partner to help support the bookstore services.

Tarboro, NC (PRUnderground) August 11th, 2022

Edgecombe Community College (ECC), a public, two-year institution, has launched an online bookstore to enhance the student experience and improve affordability. Through a partnership with Norwalk, Conn.-based online bookstore platform, Akademos, the college now offers all required textbooks and course materials through an online bookstore and plans to rebrand the Campus Store to support the community in new ways.

“Providing easy access to course materials, and offering more affordable options to our diverse body of students as well as the ability to integrate and utilize financial aid funds, is a top priority for us,” said Debbie Batten, Edgecombe’s VP of Finance and Administrative Services.

ECC offers educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy to their approximately 5,500 students annually, in-person at two campuses, Tarboro and Rocky Mount, or through online course offerings. Students can earn a two-year degree, diploma, or certificate or complete continuing education courses.

Rising textbook prices continue to be a major cost driver for the overall cost of a college education. Nationally, textbook prices have continued to outstrip the cost of most other consumer goods, adjusted for inflation. According to research compiled by the College Board, the average student spends an estimated $1,240. A survey of more than 22,000 college students also found that the cost of required textbooks had a negative impact on student success, such as earning a poor grade, failing a course, and not registering for a course.

The online store launched on August 9, 2022, to support the fall term. With the integration of Akademos’ platform, faculty and administrators at ECC will benefit from a suite of analytics and tools designed to better track student engagement and then use data to support student success. Through an integration with the college’s financial aid system, students will be able to use their financial aid funds each semester to purchase materials and ensure preparedness on the first day of class. Additionally, ECC will continue to have a physical presence on campus selling spirit apparel, supplies, and general merchandise through their rebranded stores across both campuses.

“Students are experiencing increased financial hardship and strain as a result of the pandemic, particularly those who are balancing family and work responsibilities beyond the classroom. Too often forced to decide between academic materials and the essentials they need to learn, work and thrive as students,” Raj Kaji, CEO of Akademos. “Moving to an online experience for course materials can help curb rising costs and increase affordability and access for learners.”

About Edgecombe Community College:

Edgecombe Community College (ECC) was founded in 1967 and is a two-year, public community college located in eastern North Carolina. ECC is one of 58 colleges that make up the North Carolina Community College System. The college offers in-person classes on two physical campuses, Tarboro and Rocky Mount, as well as online programming. ECC was named a semifinalist for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence award, the nation’s signature recognition for America’s community colleges. The college serves approximately 5,500 students annually.

About Akademos

More than just an online bookstore, an Akademos technology-driven solution is a customizable bookstore experience every unique institution can benefit from. Whether the bookstore is a service for students or a revenue generator, the platform supports prioritizing readiness, textbook affordability, and retention with all models including Equitable Access, Inclusive Access, Student Choice, or a combination. All aspects of textbook and course material purchasing and delivery are taken care of so you can focus on what matters – student success. A true partnership – Akademos provides unmatched customer support along with access to tools and analytics needed to take each student’s college experience to the next level. Learn more at akademos.com.

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