Common Reading

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‘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.

Summer 2015 Academic Questions: “Common Readings, Uncommon Conversations”

Jun 17, 2015 by NAS |

The new issue of Academic Questions takes on questions about common readings, "translingualism," and more. 

College Un-Ready

Jan 12, 2015 by NAS |

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky writes about the failures of the Common Core State Standards to prepare students for truly college-level reading and thinking.

Those Stubborn Classics

Nov 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Colleges think classic books are irrelevant, too difficult, and too privileged. They’re wrong. 

Joseph Epstein on the Beach Books report

Oct 30, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

Renowned essayist Joseph Epstein reflects on NAS's latest report on college freshman reading. 

Beach Books and Blind Dates

Oct 23, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

NAS Executive Director Ashley Thorne writes on colleges that lower the bar for incoming students

Lite Lit for College Comers, Study Finds

Oct 21, 2014 NAS |

PRESS RELEASE: The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has released Beach Books 2013-2014, its fourth annual study of common reading programs at American colleges and universities.

Beach Books: 2013-2014

Oct 21, 2014 Ashley Thorne, Marilee Turscak, Peter Wood |

A report on the books assigned in 2013-2014 as "common reading."

Building a Community?

Jul 21, 2014 by Anthony Esolen |

Anthony Esolen, Professor of English at Providence College and translator of classic works, discusses how a classical common core promotes intellectual life, communion, and wonder. 

Bartleby Goes to College

Mar 07, 2014 by Ashley Thorne, Marilee Turscak |

Le Moyne College chose a story by Melville as its freshman reading assignment, citing NAS on the merits of choosing classic literature. 

Caught with Gay Books: South Carolina Punishes Colleges for Freshman Reading Choices

Mar 06, 2014 by Ashley Thorne |

South Carolina cuts funding from college common reading programs that assign gay-themed books.

Beach Books Roundup

Sep 18, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

Join the conversation around NAS's August report Beach Books 2012-2013.

The Reader’s Progress

Aug 30, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

It's never too early to introduce students to classic reads.

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