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The Big Read

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Suggest a book for the Fall 2016 BIG READ.



The mission of the BIG READ program is to unite incoming CCU freshmen in a valuable shared learning experience prior to beginning their academic course work.


The program's purpose is to create a singular introductory learning forum among students and faculty from all of the disciplines on campus. The BIG READ program is designed to facilitate creative and critical thinking from the moment the students enter the University and to engage the entire campus in dialogue on ideas relating to the book.


The goals of this program are to engage students in a singular academic task, encourage the critical thought process, explore themes and ideas relevant to student life, and challenge students to develop and explore multiple perspectives.


BIG READ Committee’s Charge

The charge of the BIG READ committee is to evaluate and select materials each academic year that fulfill the goals of the summer reading program. Members of the committee participate on a volunteer basis and include faculty, staff and students. The committee reviews all materials solicited across campus and makes its selections based on a set list of criteria.


The Committee applies the following criteria when considering books for the BIG READ:

  • Length and readability
  • Relationship to students’ lives and concerns
  • Applicability to a variety of academic disciplines
  • Timeliness
  • Literary/historical/cultural merit