Criteria for One Book / One University Selection Process
Following the guidelines used by Purdue University West Lafayette for their Common Reading Program, below are six general criteria to consider when nominating a book for the One Book / One University program: availability, engagement, good writing, relevance, potential and programming opportunities.
- Is the book available? In multiple formats (ADA accessibility). Reasonably priced paperback ($10 or less).
- Is the book engaging? Appealing to a wide range of students across majors and disciplines. Appropriate in length.
- Does it offer good writing? Literary quality. Richness of content and themes.
- Is the book relevant? Relevance to freshmen and transfer students, current society, or local community. Exploration of cultural differences and diversity or a contemporary issue. For the first year of One Book/One University, consider selections based on the following three themes: Global Diversity, Coming of Age, Education and Technology
- Does the book have a broad potential for use? Potential to spark interesting discussions in a variety of courses. Interdisciplinary. Opportunities for creative assignments, multimedia approaches, and possibilities for additional programming – especially in first-year courses.
- Does the book have programming potential? Possibility of a speaker to come to campus.