The Book Selection Committee is formed for the purpose of recommending an appropriate reading for incoming new undergraduate students (first year and transfer students) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Given the committee’s familiarity with the chosen reading, members are asked to recommend appropriate student discussion questions and supplementary readings and/or resources. These recommendations are provided to the Resource Development Group for consideration. To ensure continuity of purpose for the selected book, at least one member of the Book Selection Committee will be invited to sit on the Resource Development and Discussion Leader Training Groups.
Committee members are collaboratively appointed by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. The committee is comprised of three faculty members, three staff members, and three students. One of the three faculty representatives is appointed to serve as Committee Chair. Faculty/staff appointments shall be for a maximum of two years and will be made on a rotating basis to allow for some continuity; student terms shall be for a maximum of one year; chair term shall be for a maximum of one year.
New students, both first year and transfer, find the reading and discussion session to be a wonderful introduction to academic life at Carolina. The program prepares you for what is expected in some classes and allows you to learn from a faculty or staff member in a small group setting. As noted by many, it is a time to meet, interact with, and learn from your peers. Here are just a few examples of what students have said:
“Great way to start the year; made me feel like a part of the community.”
“It was a wonderful experience, very informative and insightful.”