Judson Partners with Akademos for Hybrid Bookstore | Judson University Christian College

Judson University Partners with Akademos to Launch Hybrid Bookstore Model

(Elgin, IL – June 9, 2020) Judson University has selected Akademos as its partner to launch a hybrid bookstore for the Summer 2020 term. Using Akademos’ premier course materials platform, Judson will move textbook sales online while running an on-campus store for branded merchandise and apparel. The new merchandise store comes just in time to support Judson’s emerging football program, which began last fall.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Akademos to provide students, faculty, and staff, an elevated in-store and online experience this fall,” said Bryan Flickema, manager of Business and Faith Initiatives for Judson. “The Akademos platform provides a convenient, one-stop-shop for students to buy all their course materials online. At the same time, we’re able to run a great on-campus spirit shop to promote pride in our school as well as bring it to the greater Judson community.”

Starting this summer, Judson students can find all their course materials—including print books, eBooks, and digital subscriptions—on a university-branded website. The site will provide a fully personalized shopping experience, enabling students to see required and recommended materials for each registered course, along with several purchasing options for each item. The online bookstore also gives students seamless access to all of their digital course content in one convenient eLibrary.

The course materials platform will provide Judson faculty access to comprehensive adoption technology including an easy-to-use tool for building low-cost course packs. Analytics dashboards will provide Judson administration real-time data on course material adoptions, student purchasing trends, utilization, and student achievement. Customizable reporting and analytics technology supplies an overall picture into rising academic success and retention.

“We’re pleased to be working with Judson to build a thriving hybrid bookstore model and provide their students, faculty, and staff additional support through our integrated customer experience,” said Akademos CEO Raj Kaji. “Our digital platform streamlines the complexities of course materials management, enabling the university’s on-campus store to focus on promoting the JudsonAwesome pride.”

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