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Frequently Asked Questions

Why did we start a university-wide reading program?

Common reading programs have become widely popular at universities across the country for the following reasons:

  • They build community. Incoming students immediately have something they can discuss with each other and with other students, staff, and faculty.
  • They send the right academic message: students are asked to read a book and to think about it critically at the very start of a student's undergraduate experience.
  • They function as a high-impact educational practice: common intellectual experiences are powerful, proven means of preparing students for success in college.

Why haven’t you picked a (graphic novel, great work of literature, etc) as the common book?

There are several reasons a book or type of book has not been selected.

The two best ways to get your book chosen as the common book is to

  1. Nominate the book
  2. Join the selection committee