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.
- It was not suggested to the selection committee
- It did not fit our selection criteria or theme
- It did not make it through our selection committee process
The two best ways to get your book chosen as the common book is to
- Nominate the book
- Join the selection committee