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Thorne, Ashley; Turscak, Marilee; Wood, Peter – National Association of Scholars, 2014
Assigning a summer reading to entering freshmen is a growing trend at hundreds of American colleges and universities. Colleges typically pick one book and ask students to read it outside their courses. Many invite the author to help kick off the year by speaking on campus at convocation. Most colleges see the key purpose of a common reading…
Descriptors: Books, College Freshmen, Reading Programs, College Programs
Fonte, Richard W.; Wood, Peter W.; Thorne, Ashley – National Association of Scholars, 2013
In 1971, the state of Texas enacted a legislative requirement that students at public institutions complete two courses in American history. With that mandate in mind, the Texas Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars' Center for the Study of the Curriculum proposed to determine how students today meet the requirement, and…
Descriptors: United States History, State History, History Instruction, College Curriculum
Ricketts, Glenn; Wood, Peter R.; Balch, Stephen H.; Thorne, Ashley – National Association of Scholars, 2011
"The Vanishing West" traces the decline and near extinction of the Western Civilization history survey course in America's top colleges and universities from 1964 to 2010. This course, covering classical antiquity to the present, was once part of the undergraduate curriculum's intellectual bedrock, not only because it was often a graduation…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Introductory Courses, Western Civilization
Thorne, Ashley – National Association of Scholars, 2011
What books do colleges and universities assign as common reading? What themes do the books contain? Are they old books or recent ones? What kinds of colleges and universities have common reading programs? What does a typical common reading program look like? What does all this tell us about the state of American higher education today? To find…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Relevance (Education), Cultural Pluralism, Reading Material Selection