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Beach Books 2016-2017

June 26, 2017

What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

From the introduction: 

Hundreds of American colleges and universities assign a summer reading to entering freshmen—usually one book, which is often un-academic and politically progressive. For many students, this is the only book they will read in common with their classmates. Colleges rarely assign classic texts: the common reading genre is parochial, contemporary, and progressive. This year, Beach Books focuses on the administrative structure of common reading programs that hard-wires progressive book selections, and makes detailed suggestions for administrative reforms.

Our study of common readings covers 348 colleges and universities for the academic year 2016–2017.

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