Barnes & Noble College Partners with Sam Houston State University on New First Day Complete Access Model to Drive Affordabili...
Barnes & Noble College today announced it has partnered with
Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, to introduce the
Bearkat Bundle, a new course material delivery model that will
drive affordability, access and convenience for students. The
Bearkat Bundle is a custom-branded version of the Barnes &
Noble College First Day® Complete program.
First Day Complete addresses affordability and equitable access
across all courses at an institution by bundling the cost of
materials into a flat rate fee for all students. The program
results in a 35% to 50% average reduction in cost to students, and
ensures they have all of their materials for the semester available
to them before the first day of class. In addition, First Day
Complete fully supports academic freedom and faculty choice.
Faculty members can choose the materials that are best suited for
their teaching, regardless of publisher or format.
According to Kristy Vienne, assistant vice president of SHSU
Auxiliary Services, the university researched a variety of options
to reduce textbook costs for students.
"Last fall, we began working with Barnes & Noble College to
create a cost-effective solution for students while providing
faculty the ability to adopt materials needed for their courses,”
Vienne said. “Since that time, Barnes & Noble College and Sam
Houston State have developed this program to address how to best
serve student needs – with cost, access and convenience being the
Sam Houston State University students may start participating in
the Bearkat Bundle program for the spring 2021 semester. After
students have registered for their courses, they will receive an
email from the campus bookstore prompting them to select their
preferred delivery method. The bookstore will prepare the materials
for each student and notify them when the materials have shipped or
are available for in-store pickup. Digital materials will be
delivered directly through the learning management system.
“We are thrilled to partner with Sam Houston State University to
bring the Bearkat Bundle to campus for the spring semester.
Ensuring all students have convenient access to affordable course
materials is a foundational step in preparing them for academic
success. Through the Bearkat Bundle, a customized offering of
BNED’s First Day Complete solution, we will offer course materials
at substantially lower prices and provide them to Sam Houston State
students before the first day of class,” said Jonathan Shar, EVP,
BNED Retail & Client Solutions, Barnes & Noble Education.
“We look forward to working closely with SHSU to create a new
course material experience for Bearkat students and faculty that is
built on convenience, flexibility and ease of use.”
About Sam Houston State University
Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University
continually strives to honor its historical roots through academic
excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing
students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The
measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its 22,000
students and echoes across eight colleges and beyond its Huntsville
With over 90 bachelor's degree programs, more than 60 master’s
degree programs and 11 doctoral programs, including the nation’s
first Ph.D. in Forensic Science and the area’s first College of
Osteopathic Medicine, SHSU provides an exceptional college
Small class sizes, a student/faculty ratio of 24:1, and classes
taught by full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty create an
engaging learning experience for all students.
About Barnes & Noble College
Barnes & Noble College, a Barnes & Noble Education
(NYSE:BNED) company, is a leading operator of college bookstores in
the United States. Barnes & Noble College currently operates
772 campus bookstores and the school-branded e-commerce sites for
each store, serving more than 5 million college students and
faculty nationwide. General information on Barnes & Noble
College can be obtained by visiting the Company’s website:
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