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Common Reading

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Virginia Tech’s Welcome Mat: Diversity Edu

Aug 29, 2016 by Ashley Thorne |

Students at Virginia Tech and other universities are being "nudged" into diversity with a new and costly not-for-credit course. 

North Carolina Beach Books

May 17, 2016 by NAS |

NAS Director of Communications David Randall writes about Beach Books in North Carolina.

Comic Books in a Liberal Education

Mar 19, 2016 by David Randall |

NAS Director of Communications David Randall discusses the proper role of comic books in a liberal education.

Students Will Rise When Colleges Challenge Them to Read Good Books

Mar 14, 2016 by David Randall |

Executive Director Ashley Thorne writes about college common readings in The Chronicle.

Concordia College Publicizes Beach Books Praise

Mar 09, 2016 by David Randall |

Concordia College writes about its commendation in this year's Beach Books report.

NAS Communications Director David Randall Featured in Radio Interview

Feb 26, 2016 by NAS |

Trent England of the Thoughtful Patriot interviewed David Randall about the latest Beach Books report.

Beach Books Burnish Bernie

Feb 23, 2016 by David Randall |

Shallow pre-college reading assignments pave the way for the social justice agenda.

The Wall Street Journal Features Beach Books: 2014-2015 in “Notable & Quotable”

Feb 09, 2016 by NAS |

Common reading programs are back in the spotlight.

Beach Books: 2014-2016

Feb 09, 2016 David Randall |

A report on the books assigned in 2014-2016 as "common reading."

Progressive Propaganda for Captive Collegians, Study Finds

Feb 09, 2016 NAS |

PRESS RELEASE: NAS publishes a new edition of its comprehensive study of freshman summer reading, Beach Books 2014-2016: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?.

On Beach Books

Oct 16, 2015 by Bruce Gans |

Bruce Gans writes on what summer reading for incoming freshmen should be.

Better Beach Books?

Oct 15, 2015 by Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood |

NAS welcomes readers’ suggestions of titles for college common reading. 

‘Challenging’ Students Is Not Achieved with Sexual Pictures

Sep 01, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

Ashley Thorne argues that college common readings need to challenge students intellectually - and that graphic novels don't do that.

College Common Readings: Trapped in the Present

Jul 31, 2015 by Peter Wood |

University common reading programs fail to show students the value of learning from the past. 

Comments on Freshman Reading

Jul 22, 2015 by Ashley Thorne |

A new article on college summer reading programs agrees with NAS's findings: fiction, classics, and books older than the students are extremely rare.

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