ERIC Number: ED467777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Learning College Initiative: Implementing a Common Book at Your College.
Straus, Maria; Daley, Jennifer
This paper outlines a large urban community college's first attempt at implementing a common book program, in which all members of a campus read a designated work of literature. An overview is provided of the first-year experience, along with ideas for overcoming obstacles, involving faculty and staff, and obtaining sponsors. The paper gives the following step-by-step guide for the establishment of common book program: (1) establish a program philosophy--for example, the common book enhances student/staff/faculty learning via the establishment of a true learning community and partnerships; (2) establish selection criteria (e.g., the book has clear ties to the college's mission and is appropriate for a wide variety of disciplines and classes); (3) determine the common book by requesting nominations, convening a selection committee, and distributing a ballot of final options; (4) announce the book selection; (5) implement the common book by soliciting faculty and department chair support for common book assignments and bookstore sponsorship; (6) celebrate the common book by hosting a celebration and planning conference that highlights the year's past achievements and provides an opportunity to finalize the next year's book selection; and (7) evaluate the project and the process through internal and external evaluations. The majority of the document is made up of the following appended materials: nomination forms; Top Five Ballot; Request for Proposals Form; Conference Announcement; Conference Welcoming Speech; sponsor correspondence letters; trustee correspondence letters; conference participant correspondence letters; conference summary; sample course syllabus; and the conference program. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Community Coll. System, TX.