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Frequently Asked Questions


How can I get involved?

Read the book!  We would like to start a campus-wide dialogue. If you are on-campus (current students, faculty, and staff), look for emails in the next month that will direct you to participating in book clubs or volunteering.  If you are not yet on campus (incoming students), we will have group discussions on the Friday before fall classes start.         

How do I get a copy of the book?  

Copies of the book will available for purchase at the bookstore during summer orientation.

Will the book be used in any of my classes? 

Yes! Members of the English Department will be using the book in English 1010 (Rhetoric and Composition), and other faculty members may also incorporate it into their classes.

What happens if I don’t read the book?  

All incoming first-year students are expected to read the Read2Achieve book. Since there is an expectation that you will have completed the book by the first week of school, failure to do so may result in poor classroom performance and a sense that you are “behind” before classes have even begun.

Why a Read2Achieve Program? 

Each fall, university-level students embark on a unique journey. At UTC, we strive to alleviate some of the concerns shared by numerous first-year students by joining them in a common experience. Not only will our students share the joys, frustrations, and excitement of attending college for the first time, they will be drawn together in a more intimate common experience even before they enter their first class meeting.

How was the book chosen?  

The entire UTC community–students, faculty, and staff–was invited to submit suggestions regarding the book for the coming academic year.  From the suggested books, the Read2Achieve Committee chose its finalists by using the following criteria:

  • Readability and potential for engaging students;
  • Richness of content and themes, i.e. the book is well written and is a “good read”; widely recognized;
  • Relevance to first-year students, current society, or local community;
  • Appeal to a wide range of student interests and backgrounds;
  • Possibilities for additional programming, especially inclusion in first-year courses or other areas of the curriculum;
  • Potential for interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary discussion and integration into the curriculum;
  • Accessibility for all students;
  • Cost (not to be cost prohibitive);
  • Length;
  • Accurate and respectful portrayals of diverse cultures;
  • Potential to spark lively discussion.