CSUSM Selects Follett Higher Education Group to Manage University Bookstore

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has announced that Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG) has been selected to manage its on-campus bookstore operations effective July 2011.  A selection committee consisting of a diverse group of faculty, staff, administrators and a student member unanimously selected Follett as their partner through an intensive request for proposal process.  Follett was identified as the company that had the technology, experience and resources to best serve CSUSM and its greater community.

Follett has committed to providing “first-class” service to students, faculty, and employees with a main focus on affordability.  It will be introducing new programs like Rent-A-Text to students that will increase accessibility to the materials necessary for success in and out of the classroom.  In addition to their robust rental program, Follett will bring a bookstore of choices, including growing digital content offerings both in-store and online through the nation’s largest online textbook portal, efollett.com.

“We are thrilled to be invited into the San Marcos community,” commented Thomas Christopher, president, Follett Higher Education Group.  “We are fully committed to using all of our resources, best-in-class technology, and our newest offerings to provide a retail operation that will enhance CSUSM.”

About Follett Higher Education Group (www.fheg.follett.com)

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 880 stores.  Follett also services more than 1,600 independent campus stores with its wholesale services, and has the most visited e-commerce collegiate website, efollett.com, that provides services and products through a network of more than 900 campus stores.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $189.2 million, generating a total impact of $228.6 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region fueling the local workforce. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.