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What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class?

Hundreds of American colleges and universities assign a summer reading to entering freshmen—usually one book, which is often un-academic and politically progressive. This year, Beach Books provides eleven years of data about common reading programs, from 2007 to 2017, and makes detailed suggestions for administrative reforms. Our study of common readings provides data on 732 colleges, 1,664 individual texts, and 4,754 assignments.

Appendix I: Common Reading Selections 2017-2018: Full List by Institution Name

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Appendix II: Titles by Subject Category, 2017-2018

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Appendix III: Recommended Books for College Common Reading Programs

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Appendix IV: Classic College Common Reading Texts

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Appendix V: Institutions Assigning Classic Common Reading Texts

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Appendix VI: Institutions That Assigned College Common Readings, 2007/2008-2017/2018

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Appendix VII: Assignments, 2007/2008-2017/2018

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Appendix VIII: Texts Assigned, 2007/2008-2017/2018

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Beach Books 2010-2011

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Beach Books 2011-2012

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Beach Books 2012-2013

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Beach Books 2013-2014

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Beach Books 2014-2016

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Beach Books 2016-2017

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