Book selection criteria to be considered in rating common reading nominations:

  • Readability, including book length, and potential for engaging students,
  • Relevance to first-year students, current society, or local community
  • Literary quality
  • Provides perspectives from multiple academic disciplines and/or world views
  • Likelihood students will not already have read the book
  • Connection to one or more institutional initiatives or strategic plan priorities
  • Accurate and respectful portrayals of diverse cultures
  • Potential to spark passionate discussion
  • Author represents a unique voice and perspective
  • Likely availability and speaking ability of author to provide convocation keynote