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Randall, David – National Association of Scholars, 2017
"Beach Books 2016-17," which covers 348 colleges and universities, continues the National Association of Scholars' long-running record of providing the most comprehensive information about colleges and universities that assign common readings to incoming freshmen. Although there are several databases of common reading assignments, Beach…
Descriptors: Books, Reading Programs, College Programs, Reading Assignments
Randall, David – National Association of Scholars, 2016
Hundreds of American colleges and universities continue to assign a summer reading to entering freshmen--typically one book, which the students are asked to read outside their courses. Many institutions embed the common reading in a larger program of campus activities: typically, they invite the common reading author to help open the academic year…
Descriptors: Books, Reading Programs, College Programs, Reading Assignments
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