I'm interested, how can I get involved?
Read the book! We would like to start a campus-wide dialogue. It is available at the UTC Bookstore, online and at your local bookstores. If you are on-campus (current students, faculty, and staff), look for emails in the next month that will direct you to book clubs starting in January 2016. If you are not yet on campus (incoming students, #UTC20), we will have group discussions on Friday, August 19.
How was the book selected?
Books selections were submitted through our website early in the semester. We received over 100 submissions and some of the books were duplicates. A subcommittee reviewed all the submissions along with goals and spirit of the program and reduced the list to 15 books. The entire committee reviewed the list of 15 books and reduced the list again to 5 books. The committee members read all five books the last 6 weeks of the fall semester. At a final meeting in mid-November, the committee selected the book.
Who selected the book?
The Read2Achieve committee is composed of students, staff, and faculty from across campus, 27 members! There are representatives from academic departments including ENGL, CHEM, MGT, EDUC, INTS, and NURS. There are 5 student members. Other offices include academic affairs, student development, orientation, housing, admissions, athletic training, student success, library, development, and athletics advising.
What other four books were considered?
Other books that were considered included Girl in Translation, Into the Wild, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and Yellow Birds.
Are there other universities/colleges that have used The Circle for a common reading program?
Yes, other universities that have successfully used the book for their reading programs include University of South Florida, Gustavus Adolphus College, Rowan University, University of Maryland, NC State, Northwestern University, and many others.
Thank you for supporting Read2Achieve!