Common Reading on the Rise at Top Colleges

  • Press_Release
  • September 24, 2010

PRINCETON, NJ (September 24, 2010)—According to a newly released study from the National Association of Scholars, 93% of top four-year universities now have “common reading” programs. 

Of the top 100 national universities ranked by U.S. News and World Report, NAS found, 93 assign a book as “common reading” either to incoming freshmen or to the entire student body. 

The study, “Back from the Beach: 100 New Books,” is the organization’s updated version of its June 2010 report “Beach Books: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?” It now covers 319 colleges and universities and 184 books.

NAS author Ashley Thorne wrote, “We’ve made over 100 updates and additions, making this new list the most reliable and current resource on American college common reading.”  

The report promotes common reading programs and directs colleges to use NAS’s list of recommended books as a guide in the future. 

“This new list is a great resource,” said Peter Wood, president of the NAS. “From now on, it should be the first stop for colleges and all who are interested in learning which books campuses assign as common reading. We intend to update it regularly.” 

NAS says this is part of its larger mission to track important curricular developments in higher education. 

To learn more about NAS, visit www.nas.org.
 

CONTACT:
Ashley Thorne, Director of Communications, NAS: 609-683-7878; [email protected] 

 

####

  • Share

Most Commented

September 5, 2014

1.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

"[PTSS] provides an evidence-proof explanation that lifts away moral responsibility from those engaged in self-destructive, anti-social, and criminal behavior."...

September 21, 2010

2.

Ask a Scholar: What Does YHWH Elohim Mean?

A reader asks, "If Elohim refers to multiple 'gods,' then Yhwh Elohim really means Lord of Gods...the one of many, right?" A Hebrew expert answers....

April 9, 2018

3.

How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

Download an updated PDF that lists all of the Confucius Institutes in the United States, along with information on who to contact if you have concerns....

Most Read