Why do we read this book?
The Buckeye Book Community (BBC) is the only common learning experience shared by all first-year students. By participating in the BBC, students will begin to recognize the academic expectations of college, expand their perspectives, wrestle with new ideas and engage in challenging conversations with peers. By attending campus events and discussing the book in their University Survey course throughout fall semester, all first-year students will foster connections with peers, faculty, staff and resources inside and outside of the classroom. It is important for all first-year students to read the book as their first step in joining these dynamic conversations as members of the Ohio State community.
Is this mandatory?
Think of the BBC as your first academic assignment at Ohio State. You will have many assignments, projects, and readings that will not count toward a final grade, but they will significantly impact your learning and success in and out of the classroom. Most first-year students will use the BBC book in their University Survey course during their first semester. We ask all first-year students to read this book so you are prepared to succeed, not only in your University Survey course, but in all connections and discussions you will participate in during your first-year.
How is the book selected?
The book selection committee gives careful consideration to choose a book that is exciting and relevant for first-year students. After soliciting book recommendations throughout the year from the campus community, the selection committee spends weeks researching and reviewing the list of 100+ recommendations. After narrowing down the list to ten or fewer books, each committee member reads all of the books before meeting again to decide on one book.
In order to narrow down our list of book recommendations, the committee specifically looks for books published in the last ten years that contain a variety of topics relevant to first-year students, relate to students’ holistic transition to college, prompt thought-provoking questions, and address complex societal issues. We also consider how engaging and readable the book will be for first-year students.
Why are certain types of books chosen?
Certain types of books are often chosen for common reading programs because they often lend themselves to provoke meaningful conversation among students. We look for books that encourage students to wrestle with new ideas, discover other perspectives and engage in challenging conversations with peers. Books that do this successfully can provide a platform for further discussion and expand students’ abilities to think critically, thus helping students to make connections with people, ideas and resources at Ohio State.