ATLANTA (July 8, 2013) –Clark Atlanta University officials announced today that the university has entered into an agreement with Barnes & Noble College to manage and operate the school’s bookstore. The bookstore is closed this week to transition to the new management and will open July 15.
CAU President Carlton E. Brown said the university eagerly anticipates this new partnership. "Barnes & Noble is a national leader not only in providing an unparalleled retail experience, but its long-standing celebration of the literary tradition, its expansive catalog of titles and the manner in which the company has embraced technology and made it accessible to a cross-section of readers align perfectly with Clark Atlanta University's focus on educational engagement, research and discovery. I am confident that this relationship will well serve our campus community and the broader community."
Clark Atlanta University students and faculty will enjoy a campus bookstore that reflects the Clark Atlanta brand, including a wide selection of school spirit apparel, award-winning NOOK devices and other technology gadgets, as well as gifts for alumni, friends and family. Course materials will be offered in a variety of cost-saving options, including rental, digital, used and new formats, ensuring students have access to the options that best suit their needs. Faculty also will have access to a ground-breaking online community, FacultyEnlight, a streamlined textbook adoption platform that combines advanced search capabilities with detailed information on course material formats, pricing and reviews by other faculty.
Moreover, students will benefit from the new partnership with opportunities to participate in the company’s GenNext Panel. The GenNextPanel is a national, online student insight panel, designed to provide students an opportunity to share their opinions on course material needs and emerging trends on campus to help Barnes & Noble College ensure products andservices deliver the utmost value to the student community.
Max J. Roberts, president and CEO of Barnes & Noble College, said, “We’re very proud to have formed this new partnership with a university that has a long tradition of excellence characterized by a focus on the intellectual and personal development of each student. We’re fully committed to providing the Clark Atlanta University campus with a strong and thriving bookstore, dedicated to presenting the latest in educational content and technology and an unmatched retail experience.”
The new Barnes & Noble College campus bookstore team will work closely with the Clark Atlanta University community to establish a strong social media presence on Facebook that reflects local events and promotions. In addition, the new bookstore team will reach out to both faculty and student organizations to ensure these groups are able to leverage the full resources the new bookstore team has to offer. Barnes & Noble College has an experienced transition team that has managed countless bookstore changeovers, with a commitment to a smooth and successful transition without undue interruptions for students, faculty and staff.