In late May 2017, the National Association of Scholars released Beach Books 2016-2017: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class? Six weeks later, the report continues to garner media attention. Just this weekend, the New York Times devoted an article to trends in college summer reading programs, linking to our report and quoting report author and NAS Director of Communications David Randall. See a round-up of recent news coverage below:
- The New York Times discusses trends in college common reading selections for Summer 2017 and notes criticism of those choices, including from NAS.
- NPR provides a short sampling of selections that colleges have assigned to incoming freshmen this summer. NPR drew its list from NAS’s report and cites our analysis.
- Inside Higher Ed notes that this summer’s reading selections tend to focus on racial and social issues, and quotes NAS’s critique of the trend to forgo classics in favor of new, politically progressive books.