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First-Year Experience: How Penguin Random House Reaches College Readers

by Sara Clemens & Alan Walker|September, 2017

First-Year Experience (FYE) is a program run by colleges and universities to help students transition from high school to college. To foster student participation in co-curricular events, hundreds of schools across the country include a Common (or Campus) Read as part of their FYE program for incoming freshmen. Read more

Creating Community and Reaching New Readers: Freshman Year Reading

September, 2013

Many students around the country have dedicated time this summer to reading one book in particular: a common reading book assigned by a college or university to incoming first-year students. Over the past several years there has been a dramatic rise in the number of college and universities (now more than three hundred) that assign a common reading book—from small liberal arts colleges to large public institutions to Ivy League universities.  Read more