The First-Year Experience Monograph Series Series

Common Reading Programs

Going Beyond the Book
Paperback: 9781889271538 / $5.00
Published: May 2006

110 pp., 8.5" x 11"
Language: English

Common reading programs are becoming a ubiquitous component of first-year experience initiatives. Sometimes controversial, these programs are designed to provide students an introduction to the intellectual expectations of college in an often-informal gathering of college faculty and peers. Yet, truly dynamic and successful programs move beyond book discussion groups to include students, faculty, staff, and the larger community in a wide range of social and intellectual activities. Laufgraben gathers examples from programs across the country to offer a concise and practical guide to planning, promoting, and assessing common reading initiatives.