The Common Read committee, which includes faculty, librarians, staff, and students,
identifies potential books for the next year.
These books are read by committee members and others, and the list is narrowed to
three to four finalists. Selection criteria include appeal and relevance to students;
cross-disciplinary content; accessibility, reading level, and length, as well as reviews
and supplemental materials. The finalist list is shared with the entire campus who
can vote and provide feedback through a survey. The final selection is made in December.
During the spring semester, the committee works to identify course and campus activities
that support the use of the Common Read in the curriculum.