Academic Solutions · Article

Community Colleges: Increasing Affordability, Service and Sales

November 13, 2019

affordable course material options

Across the nation, community colleges are looking for ways to increase affordability for students — often while managing limited resources and budgets of their own.

Managed effectively, the campus bookstore can offer a wider range of affordable course material options and increase revenue for the school — all while requiring minimal oversight from administrators.

Barnes & Noble College has partnered with more than 240 community colleges and community college systems nationwide, including nine in North Carolina.

These bookstores are producing strong results. In the fall of 2019, we generated an average 7 percent increase in non-textbook sales and a 12 percent increase in sales of school supplies.

Barnes & Noble College helps these schools and others explore and implement a variety of solutions to achieve their highest-priority goals for their bookstores.

•More affordable course material options for students through the First Day™ inclusive access program, Adoption & Insights Portal and other initiatives

•Customized retail experiences paired with meaningful customer service

•Stronger relationships between the school and the store

Read the North Carolina Community College case study to learn more about how updating bookstore operations can help deliver the most value possible — for students, faculty and schools.

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