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EICC Bookstores Now Managed by Barnes & Noble

May 22, 2012

Transfer of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) bookstores to Barnes and Noble College recently took place on May 1. Barnes & Noble has assumed management of the Scott, Clinton and Muscatine Community College bookstores, as well as the Kahl Educational Center bookstore located on the Scott campus.

Students in a science lab at EICC.

“In order for students to be really successful, it is very important that they have their textbooks in their hands the first day of class,” said Dr. Teresa Paper, Scott Community College president. “By using Barnes and Noble College, I feel that this goal is very reachable. With their knowledge of college campus bookstores, and the new technology and e-textbooks that are available, wait time for textbooks will be at a minimum.”

The bookstore will sell textbooks, course materials, emblematic clothing, supplies, and sundries. In addition, a number of new and innovative services focused on delivering cost savings and convenience will be introduced to students. Under the terms of the contract, EICC students will now have access to:

  • In-store and online textbook rentals – For the first time, students will have the option of getting rentals either online or in the bookstore. Students opting for textbook rentals will save more than 50 percent over the cost of a new printed book and can pay for rental fees by using cash, credit, or student financial aid.
  • Rapidly expanding selection of eTextbooks – In addition to offering savings of up to 60 percent over new printed books, Barnes & Noble’s revolutionary and free Nook Study™ application serves up eTextbooks in an engaging format that enhances the overall learning experience.
  • Generous cash-for-books program – Students with books faculty plan to reuse next semester will be eligible for up to a 50 percent cash payout, up to needed inventories.
  • Registration Integration – A user-friendly Registration Integration system allows students to reserve and order textbooks immediately after they register for courses online, automatically populating carts with the right books for the right class and making the purchasing process more convenient than ever.

Connecting With Students Through Social Media

The EICC bookstores now have their own bookstore website (eicc.bncollege.com) and locally managed Facebook page, as well as access to Foursquare promotions and the student focused blog, thecollegejuice.com. Additionally, students will have access to the latest innovation in online shopping, known as social commerce, which allows students to shop for books, clothing, or school merchandise directly from the bookstores’ Facebook page.

Educational Programs

With a total enrollment of over 8,000 students, EICC’s three colleges (Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine) offer both college transfer and career technology programs. The colleges also offer an online Associate in Arts Degree program in cooperation with the Iowa Community College Online Consortium.

As a comprehensive community college located in Davenport, Iowa, EICC’s programs stretch beyond traditional college classes. The district offers a wide range of worker training and re-training programs through its Business and Industry Center on a credit and non-credit basis. In addition, area residents have the opportunity to take advantage of Continuing Education classes that allow them to pursue a particular interest or hobby. More than 40,000 students will complete Business and Industry Center and Continuing Education classes each year.

Barnes & Noble College operates more than 650 of the finest campus bookstores in the country, serving nearly 4 million students and more than 250,000 faculty members. The Eastern Iowa Community College system is part of five higher educational institutions that Barnes & Noble College operates in the state of Iowa.

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