The Bookstore of the Future: What Students Want, What Schools Need.
The once traditional bookstore has taken on a much different meaning as course materials acquisition advances at a rapid pace. Student demands and behaviors are influencing which course materials are offered, how they are accessed, and ultimately what they cost. As educational experiences have evolved over recent years, so too has the course materials adoption, management and delivery processes.
Choice, convenience and cost now reign supreme for students. But how are schools adapting to this approach? Whether students want to own or rent, leverage print or go digital, or simply do nothing and automatically receive course materials–schools are rethinking and revising their models, including inclusive access, and where students receive materials in time for the first day of class.
Mindful of accessibility and affordability, higher education institutions are looking toward the Bookstore of the Future to support students, simplify operations, lower costs and improve outcomes.
Join us as we take a look at this transformation, analyze the moving parts and considerations of a successful course materials program, and explore what’s in store for higher education.
Meet Your Speakers
Vice President of Business Engineering
Ambassador Education Solutions
Bruce has more than 20 years experience developing, delivering and managing business technology solutions. He has worked with institutions and organizations to integrate solutions that allow them to operate more effectively and efficiently. He has spent more than a decade in the technology group at Ambassador leading the development of its integrated bookstore service solutions and helping customer institutions improve the quality of the student experience at all levels of the course material supply chain.
Previously, Bruce was the Director of Software Development at Centris Group and Senior Technical Lead at Sybari Software, now the Forefront group of Microsoft. He has been published in EDUCAUSE Review, eCampus News, Career College Central and Career Education Review. Bruce is a sought-after speaker, presenting at HLC, Campus Insight, ABHES, LCTCS, ACCET, CAPPS, and CECU, and a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.