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Baker University announces rent-a-text program to provide students with an affordable alternative to rising education costs

Campus bookstore rental program will launch in fall 2010 and offer savings of 50 percent or more

Baldwin City, Kan. – Baker University today announced it will begin offering textbook rental services at the Baker University Bookstore this fall. Rent-A-Text will offer students a rental option on textbooks — savings that represent 50 percent or more off the price of new textbooks.DSC_0002

“We are eager to launch Rent-A-Text because we are committed to providing students with affordable textbook choices,” said Bruce Skoog, bookstore manager.

Baker University’s textbook rental program will:

•    Be available to students in store and online with in-store pick-up.

•    Allow students the freedom to highlight and take notes all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework

•    Give students the choice to buy their textbooks at the end of the term if they want to keep the book

Rent-A-Text will be offered through Baker University’s partnership with Follett Higher Education Group. The program is based on Follett’s comprehensive pilot program that saved students nearly $2 million on their course materials in just one semester at seven schools. More than 90 percent of students surveyed who rented textbooks expressed satisfaction with the pilot program.

“We have been at the forefront of cost-savings programs for more than a century,” said Thomas A. Christopher, president of Follett Higher Education Group. “Helping reduce the costs of higher education is part of our mission and we look forward to working with Baker University to deliver substantial textbook savings to students.”

Follett’s Rent-A-Text is expected to reach more than 700 campuses nationwide for the 2010 academic year. For more information, visit www.rent-a-text.com or www.facebook.com/rentatext.

About Baker University

Baker University, founded in 1858 and the first university in Kansas, serves more than 4,000 students throughout Kansas and Missouri. The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate majors in more than 40 areas of study on the Baldwin City campus. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies serves working adults with numerous programs on campuses in Overland Park, Topeka, and Wichita in Kansas; and Lee’s Summit and North Kansas City in Missouri. At the School of Nursing, Baker works with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The School of Education offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on several campuses.

About Follett Higher Education Group

Follett Higher Education Group of Oak Brook, Illinois, is the leading provider of bookstore services and the foremost supplier of used books in North America.  Follett services five million students and over 400,000 faculty members through more than 850 stores.  Follett also services more than 1,600 independent campus stores with its wholesale services, and has the most visited ecommerce collegiate website, efollett.com, that provides services and products through a network of more than 900 campus stores.

About Follett

Follett Corporation is a $2.7 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace.  Follett Corporation was founded in 1873, and today is headquartered in River Grove, Ill.

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