1 Prepare Your Students for Success on Day One RAFTER360 A NEW APPROACH TO COURSE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT
2 A chair, a desk, a book. This is what success should be all about. Course materials are a crucial part of the higher education experience, and critical to educational success for both students and faculty. Yet the reality today is that many students don t purchase the required course materials due to cost. Rafter360, a comprehensive course materials management solution, changes all of that. Rafter has partnered with hundreds of campuses and saved more than $400 million in course materials costs for students. Rafter360 is the next-generation of our offering, it makes getting the materials students need for their courses easy and inexpensive. A NEW APPROACH TO COURSE MATERIALS MANAGEMENT. Rafter360 prepares your students for success by providing them with 100 percent of their assigned materials for one low, flat rate up to 50 percent off traditional textbook costs. We are relentless in procuring the most cost-effective solutions for your students. With Rafter360, course materials can be easily integrated into the student s tuition or added as a fee. Campuses have multiple fulfillment options, adding to the program s flexibility. And everything integrates seamlessly with your existing systems. This gives your faculty the academic freedom they require so they can adopt their choice of course materials, physical or digital. With Rafter360 you can make sure your students are ready to learn on day one. Start by providing your students with everything they need to achieve success. I have heard nothing but good things from this program I love that there are so many ways to win students win, the bookstore wins, and the faculty win. DR. TIM SUMMERLIN President, Schreiner University
3 The challenges campuses face. COURSE MATERIAL COSTS HAVE BECOME PROHIBITIVE. With Rafter360, we ensure According to the College Board, students spend around $1,200 a year on books and supplies. The issue? Students often choose not that students have all their to purchase textbooks, which directly impacts the classroom. In fact, assigned course materials this trend is affecting course completion, as well as graduation rates. A recent U.S. Public Interest Research Group Survey found that 65 on time and for one low percent of students report not purchasing a required textbook due flat rate. We improve the to cost, and 94 percent said they were concerned that it would hurt their grade in class. chances of student success, Rafter believes all students should have access to affordable textbooks. Period. while lowering the cost of attendance. Everybody wins. BILL MUSE VP for Administration YOUR CAMPUS STORE IS STRUGGLING TO BE PROFITABLE. & Finance, Schreiner University Some say the campus bookstore, as we know it, may be a thing of the past. Bookstores at higher education institutions are struggling to serve the needs of their campus with low-cost course materials. In turn, students are choosing to go online for their textbooks, or deciding not to purchase books at all. But the reality is that bookstores can still fulfill a critical need on campus with convenient, inexpensive access to course materials. And if your campus has already closed the doors on your campus store, you likely still need an effective solution for providing your students with affordable course materials. The problem? Many other current solutions are limiting, and aren t providing the affordability you need. Rafter360 provides a simple and comprehensive, cost-effective solution for your campus. YOUR CURRICULUM IS GETTING MORE COMPLEX. Campuses face increasing curriculum complexity with changing technology trends and sourcing supply issues. Unprecedented challenges have arisen like publishers competing with bookstores and emerging digital content and formats. Campuses need a better and more innovative solution a solution that enables you to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of course materials. Rafter360 provides a new approach to course materials management, a new way of thinking, and one that helps you adapt to the changing educational landscape.
4 Rafter360 a simple, comprehensive approach to course materials management. Rafter360 saves schools time and money. It can improve student The process has been outcomes, decrease financial risk, and enable you to adapt to the exceedingly smooth complexity of the digital future. From our pricing intelligence, to efficient procurement, to multiple fulfillment options, Rafter360 has from the student s your campus covered. And best of all, students win by having 100 perspective and ours. percent of their assigned course materials on day one, at dramatically reduced prices (up to 50% off traditional retail). TOM PRICE EASY INTEGRATION WITH YOUR SYSTEMS CFO, Thomas More College Our technology solution integrates with your Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS) to capture student course registration information. We then quickly and seamlessly capture faculty course material adoptions. We use this data to reserve the required curriculum supply, and make sure the books get delivered to your students before classes begin. Manages the inventory of all your required materials, both physical and digital, and makes distribution and returns of course materials a quick and easy process for students and the campus. Manages and summarizes all information on students enrolled in Rafter360, from books assigned for a class by faculty, course, and more. Provides financial and account reconciliation at the push of a button. Requires only a single sign on (for both faculty and students) to the Rafter platform through your LMS. Includes our automated adoption tool that your faculty will love. Provides you with a course material platform for today and tomorrow adapting to meet the needs of your campus. And as with all Rafter solutions, we provide comprehensive training for bookstore staff, faculty, IT, and administrators.
5 What makes Rafter360 different? Your strategic advantage. PRICING INTELLIGENCE THAT REALLY IS SMART. We help analyze your past costs to uncover trends, patterns and other definitive cost drivers. Then, we come up with an algorithm for pricing that gives your university greater transparency into course material costs. In fact, our solution provides what we call guardrails that offer you more flexibility on pricing and adoptions. The end result? Our sophisticated pricing engine comes up with a highly customized flat rate per student or course for your campus. A SUPPLY NETWORK THAT IS VAST. With Rafter360, we source from our vast supply network (100+ suppliers including other campus stores and suppliers and millions of students through one consolidated system) to drive down the cost of procured course materials. THE FREEDOM ACADEMICS LOVE. With our automated adoption tool, faculty can easily discover and adopt their choice of course materials digital and physical. In fact, we have a catalog of more than 11 million unique titles. FULFILLMENT OPTIONS THAT REALLY DELIVER. Course materials can be managed on campus or shipped directly to students. 360 Bulk: Aggregated in our warehouse and shipped in bulk to your store. We will work with your bookstore staff on how to leverage our software to efficiently distribute course materials before your classes start. 360 Packaged: Aggregated in our warehouse, packaged for each student, and shipped to your campus. 360 Direct: Allows campuses with remote students or without physical bookstores to ship course materials directly to students. MAKES TEXTBOOK AFFORDABILITY A REALITY. Rafter360 can cut the cost of a student s assigned course materials by up to 50 percent. This advantage delivers a huge savings, and gives your campus a competitive edge in the marketplace. INCREASES STUDENT SUCCESS FROM DAY ONE. Students can start classes with 100 percent of their assigned course materials, increasing their chances of academic success. And faculty can focus on teaching, instead of challenges associated with missing course materials. SAVES YOUR CAMPUS AND STUDENTS TIME AND MONEY. When I am out talking to Your campus store can now focus on building strong relationships with faculty, and serving the retail needs of the campus community, instead donors and businesses of taking on the burden and risk of sourcing and procuring academic and the community and I materials. This can mean significant cost savings for your campus. say that we are providing MAKES YOUR CAMPUS THE ONE CENTRAL SOURCE FOR books at no extra cost, as COURSE MATERIALS. part of tuition, it gets the Your faculty can adopt the latest course materials (digital or print) from one central source, and your campus store can provide biggest response. students with 100% of the materials they need to achieve success. Rafter360 delivers a straightforward and consistent experience for DAVE ARMSTRONG President, everyone on your campus. Thomas More College Academic freedom for your faculty? Rafter Adopt delivers. With our innovative online adoption tool, your faculty can discover and adopt their choice of course materials digital or physical. They can see reviews and ratings as well as pricing information to make informed choices about their adoption. Rafter Adopt also includes one-click adoptions that allow your faculty to save time and easily adopt titles from past terms or similar classes.
6 How Rafter360 works. 1 Students register for their courses. 2 With a few simple clicks, faculty adopt materials using our online adoption tool. 3 Registration information from your campus LMS or SIS system is paired with adoption data to research and procure the assigned course materials for each student. 4 Materials are prepared for shipment, either directly to your campus bookstore, or directly to your students depending on the needs of your campus. 5 Rafter s cloud-based inventory management system manages all inventory while on campus taking risk off of the campus. 6 On a scheduled date or time period students will pick up all of their materials from the bookstore or other central location, or have them shipped directly to their home. 7 At the end of the term, students return materials, all managed through our software. If the student wants to keep a book, a buyout price can be charged by your campus. I was taught the system on my first day, and it surprised me with its ease of use. It was quick and easy to pack up the books and get them to my fellow students. Rafter technology made it easy. VICTORIA SMITH Senior Student Employee, Thomas More Bookstore RAFTER360 PREPARES YOU FOR SUCCESS. Imagine this: It s day one on campus and your students have 100 percent of their assigned materials for one low, flat rate. Your faculty had the academic freedom they required to adopt their choice of course materials, physical or digital, and they are now confident their students are ready to learn. Best of all, your campus is prepared for the future and has a competitive edge in the marketplace. Let s work together. Contact us today to get flat rate pricing for your campus. or call
7 Rafter is a course materials management partner for higher education. Rafter is providing innovative solutions to course materials management and a next-generation digital strategy to help your campus adapt to the future. As the first and industry leading in-store rental resource we have partnered with hundreds of campuses and have saved students more than $400 million in course materials costs. We re looking forward to serving you, helping you adapt to the future and achieve success. Rafter Education Unbound. Rafter.com Rafter, Inc. All rights reserved.
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