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The 2015-2016 Read2Achieve book selection is The Circle by Dave Eggers.

The Read2Achieve program at UTC introduces students to the academic and intellectual culture of university life.  The program provides a positive reading experience for students, faculty, and staff, one that holds at its core the belief that reading is an integral part of the university experience.  Likewise, the program fosters a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff. 

Because the selected Read2Achieve book is not intended to be specific to any one academic discipline, students, faculty, and staff find the book and its subject matter a touchstone for reference and discussion across the campus.

The Goals of the Read2Achieve Program

  • To provide a common experience for students to facilitate the transition into UTC's academic community;
  • To build an intellectual community among first-year learners, returning students, faculty, and staff;
  • To help students make connections between classroom and out-of-classroom experiences;
  • To engage students in discussions surrounding current societal issues.

The Benefits of the Read2Achieve Program

  • Like other "common reading" programs, Read2Achieve offers a unique opportunity to capture students prior to their entering the classroom.
  • It develops a sense of community across UTC's campus, cultivates a connection to the university, and it feeds intelligent, life-long learners.
  • It strengthens our conversations and connects our disciplines/communities across the campus.
  • Programming, guest speakers, and service-oriented and social activities based on the content of the book combine allow the students to come away with a sense of unity and commitment to their studies, their peers, and their community.
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