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Rafter in the media – press and articles

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

Why It’s So Hard to Disrupt the Textbook Industry

Robert Montenegro, The Big Think

You’d think in the age of Uber and Airbnb someone would have figured out how to put Big Textbook in its place. Unfortunately, it’s a lot more complicated than just waving a magical disruption wand and making course materials both affordable and easy to use.

FEBRUARY 19, 2016

Don’t Forget About Textbooks When Calculating Student Debt

Robert Montenegro, The Big Think

The college textbook industry is a racket designed to con students out of their money. There’s already been plenty written about why it’s a scam, though not as much about the hidden consequences of the status quo.

DECEMBER 23, 2016

Morning Education: State chiefs ponder ESSA

Caitlin Emma, Politico

FOLDING TEXTBOOKS INTO TUITION: The textbook software company Rafter is trying to convince colleges it can make course materials cheaper and more accessible with an all-inclusive system called Rafter360, which factors the price of textbooks into students’ tuition.

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Higher education agrees: Student graduation takes a village

Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Affordable Books and Innovative First-Year Programs. By Jason Pierce, Mars Hill University. Founded in rural Appalachia in 1856, Mars Hill University was established to provide an education to those who would otherwise have had little opportunity for one.

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

Green Mountain College Promotes Student Success Using the Rafter360® Textbooks-in-Tuition Program From Rafter

Rafter, Inc

Rafter, the leading course materials management company, facilitated a smooth roll-out of its distinctive textbooks-in-tuition program, Rafter360, at Green Mountain College for the Fall 2015 term.

OCTOBER 27, 2015

Once-decried textbook program in place at IC

Nick Draper, Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Illinois College officials say a new “textbook-in-tuition” program has been smoothly implemented, although the idea drew initial concerns from many students.

OCTOBER 21, 2015

Illinois College Selects Rafter’s Textbooks-in-Tuition Program Rafter360™ to Prepare Students and Foster Their Success

Rafter, Inc

Rafter, the leading course materials management company, today announced the successful implementation of Rafter360™, its textbooks-in-tuition program, at Illinois College for the Fall 2015 semester.

OCTOBER 14, 2015

Rafter Launches Rafter360™ at Mars Hill University, Securing Textbooks for 100 Percent of Students on Day One

Rafter, Inc

Rafter, a leading course materials management company, has partnered with Mars Hill University for the successful launch of its cutting-edge textbooks-in-tuition program Rafter360™ for the Fall 2015 semester.

OCTOBER 7, 2015

Bethany College Partners With Rafter to Replace Virtual Bookstore With Rafter360™ Textbooks-in-Tuition Model

Rafter, Inc

Bethany College today announced it has partnered with Rafter, the leading course materials management company, to launch its trailblazing textbooks-in-tuition program Rafter360™ for Fall 2015.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

Institute of American Indian Arts Takes Definitive Step to Bolster Retention and Graduation Rates With Rafter’s Textbooks-in-Tuition Program, Rafter360™

Rafter, Inc

Rafter, the pioneering course materials management company, facilitated the smooth implementation of its Rafter360 textbooks-in-tuition program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) for their Fall 2015 semester.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

Tech Disruption: How technology plays a role in changing education

AOL News

TechCrunch Disrupt is kicking off in San Francisco this week where startups get the chance to start disrupting the tech industry — and possibly even the future of learning. We’ve already seen what startups are capable of when they take on the challenge of changing education.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

The Eight Best Sources for Cheap College Textbooks

Sarah Grant, Bloomberg

Prices for new textbooks are on the rise, but more startups and websites are cropping up to help students prepare for class without going broke.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

Startups Tackling High Price of College Textbooks

Bloomberg

College textbook prices are on the rise, but several new startups, websites and initiatives are helping students to hit the books without breaking the bank. Bloomberg’s Willem Marx has the story.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

Universities Move to Flat-Rate Textbooks

Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Course materials management company Rafter today announced new agreements with several colleges and universities to deploy Rafter360, technology that provides both print and digital textbooks through a flat-rate model.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

New Universities Partner With Rafter to Boost Student Retention, Graduation Rates and Overall Success

Rafter, Inc

Rafter, a leading course materials management company, today announced that several new colleges and universities have committed to using Rafter360™, a technology-based solution that provides campuses with a comprehensive textbooks-in-tuition model.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Schools link textbooks to retention, graduation rates

Laura Devaney, eCampus News

Institutions move to wrap textbooks into tuition costs. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase.

AUGUST 31, 2015

What does collaboration really look like?

Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Strategy doesn’t have to mean sacrifice, by Bill Muse, Schreiner University. Collaboration between academic officers, business officers and faculty is the cornerstone to effective leadership at colleges and universities.

AUGUST 30, 2015

Our View: Textbooks Not a Problem at IAIA

Santa Fe New Mexican

Here’s a trend that more colleges and universities should investigate. At the Institute of American Indian Arts, college students don’t have to worry about the cost of textbooks. That’s right, because IAIA leaders have decided to try a textbook rental program.

JULY 9, 2015

The Old College Bookstore Revisited

Bill Muse, EdTech Digest

Course materials management technology enhancing the student experience. Founded in 1923, Schreiner University is committed to preparing its students for ‘meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.’

JULY 1, 2015

Campus retail: Who let the books out?

Nancy Mann Jackson, University Business

Transitioning to digital-only sales of course materials, some campus stores are shuttering. Others are selling anything BUT the books.

JUNE 17, 2015

Digital vs. print textbook war – who cares?

Nathan Gamble, eCampus News

Why the real conversation should be about affordability and accessibility. The end of print textbooks has been foretold for years with the argument that digital screens would completely replace print. The reality, however, is quite different.

MAY 14, 2015

3 ways tech can reduce growing costs for student services

Meris Stansbury, eCampus News

Three critical services can help attract and retain today’s students—and raise efficiency and lower costs.

APRIL 14, 2015

16 Startups Poised to Disrupt the Education Market

Ilan Mochari, Inc.

Colleges and universities are facing new competition for customers–students and their parents–from startups delivering similar goods (knowledge, credentials, prestige) more affordably and efficiently. Here’s a rundown of some of those startups.

MARCH 21, 2015

Book Review: ‘The End Of College’ By Kevin Carey

Hazel Henderson, Seeking Alpha

Summary: Assess higher education trends identified by Kevin Carey and their applicability to business and economy. Analysis of the education market’s transition from brick-and-mortar to digital. Survey of companies and VCs investing in and affecting the transition to digitized education.

MARCH 16, 2015

How Bundling Textbooks into Tuition is Transforming the College Experience

Sara Leoni, Private University Magazine

The College Board estimates that it costs about $22,826 dollars on average per year for a student to attend a moderate college. Students spend an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies, an increase of 82% in the past decade.

FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Want to Get Ahead?

Sara Leoni, Women for Hire

Women have made huge strides in achieving leadership positions at companies, but still have a long way to go to close the gender gap. Here are some tips on how to take the plunge to move into leadership positions.

JANUARY 29, 2015

Schreiner University Pioneering Textbooks into Tuition Model to save Students up to 50% on their Textbook costs

Education News

Schreiner University of Kerrville, Texas is one of the first colleges in the country taking steps to help lower costs for students by pioneering a textbook-in-tuition model that could save students up to 50% on their textbook costs.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Rafter Introduces Textbooks-in-Tuition Service

Inside Higher Ed

Rafter, the course content provider that spawned from the textbook rental company BookRenter, on Wednesday announced a new service that ties textbook costs to tuition and automatically delivers course materials upon registration.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

New technology offers flat-rate for textbooks

eCampus News

New tech-based model offers students low flat-rate with more than 50 percent savings for full year of materials.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Rafter Launches Books in Tuition Service

Joshua Bolkan, Campus Technology

Rafter, a company that specializes in course materials management, has launched Rafter360, a new service that promises to deliver all class materials to a student upon registration for a course.

NOVEMBER 19, 2014

Rafter Throws the Book at Spiraling Textbook Costs: Saves Students Money With Complete Textbooks-in-Tuition Solution for Any Campus

Rafter, Inc

With the spiraling cost of course materials burdening both students and schools, Rafter, a leading course materials management company, today announced Rafter360™ — a new tech-based solution that enables a comprehensive textbooks-in-tuition model for any campus.