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2011-12 BinC Selection

Please fill out the web feedback form for any or all of the four finalists to help us make our selection!


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 (Click on a book cover to read the review)

About UofL’s Book-in-Common Program

The Office of First Year Initiatives (FYI) uses relevant national and university-specific retention and persistence data to focus comprehensive and holistic programming that helps new and transfer students develop the skills, connections and knowledge base critical to successful transition to UofL and persistence to degree completion.  Book-in-Common is one of the pillar programs through which FYI engages new students specifically.  As this program has grown, however, we have seen the benefit of creating a community-wide learning experience for UofL’s entire campus.  We will continue to target first year students even as we extend the conversation to include our larger community.

Program Goals:

The selected text is a springboard for learning and discussion about its related themes and issues.  With co-curricular programs such as book/topic discussions, film screenings, author visits/other lectures, and community and service partnerships, we try to offer a balanced perspective so that participants will:

•    Engage with the university and local communities inside and outside the classroom
•    Investigate the text’s key concepts and issues through interdisciplinary exploration, thus furthering participants’ critical thinking skills
•    Learn more about themselves and the world around them as they explore diverse ways of thinking and being
•    Make meaningful connections with faculty, staff, other students, and members of the local community

Connecting Book-in-Common to University-wide Initiatives:

In addition to promoting the university mission of intellectual and cultural development, FYI approaches text selection and programming with a commitment to achieving objectives that parallel and infuse major university priorities and initiatives.  Book-in-Common is a key strategy for:

•    engaged teaching and learning
•    infusing i2a and the Paul-Elder critical thinking framework into students’ in-class and out-of-class experiences
•    demonstrated participation in the President’s Vision for Diversity and unit-specific diversity plans

Selection Process:

The entire UofL community was invited to submit suggestions for the Book-in-Common(BinC) text for the 2011-12 academic year. From the suggested titles, the Office of First Year Initiatives, in collaboration with key campus partners, narrowed the list to our top four finalists. We invite our campus community to read and offer feedback on these four titles.  The BinC Selection Team (comprised of faculty, staff and students) will use this feedback to help determine the one book chosen as the 2011-12 Book-in-Common.
Evaluative Criteria: Many factors are important as we decide what book will be the best fit for UofL’s common reading program.  As you read, keep these factors in mind.

•    Will the book be relatable and interesting to new students?  Will it appeal to a wide audience
•    Does it keep the reader’s attention?  Is it a manageable length?
•    Is the text well written?
•    Can the text be used across disciplines and curricula?
•    Can the chapters stand alone as discrete units, so that part of the book could be integrated into classroom discussion/assignments without using the entire text?
•    Does the text promote critical thinking and discussion about diverse ways of thinking and being?
•    Does the book allow for ample opportunities to partner with different disciplines and offices to plan engaging co-curricular programs that will help us explore and learn more about the issues in the text?  

Please fill out the web feedback form for any or all of the four finalists to help us make our selection!


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