The University of Cincinnati is excited to announce that it has chosen Michael Sandel's Justice: What's the Right thing to Do as the first-year common reading book for the 2013-2014 academic year. Justice asks us to reflect on the ethical principles that guide our daily lives and therefore allows us to engage in dialogue that encourages understanding the many sides of an issue. In addition, the book correlates well with the Bearcat Bond, UC's honor pledge, which states:
As a member of the University of Cincinnati, I will uphold the principles for a Just Community and the values of respect, responsibility, and inclusiveness. I will promote the highest levels of personal and academic honesty and aspire continuously to better myself, the Bearcat community, and the world.
The common reading program creates a common academic experience anddialogue for all participants--first-year students, faculty, and staff. Programming around topics raised in the common book helps students realize the scope and quality of the work underway at the University of Cincinnati.
What is the Common Reading Program?
A single book is chosen by the university to be read by all incoming first-year students. The book will be used in academic courses as well as special programs outside the classroom. Faculty, residence hall staff, librarians, and others bring to life topics raised in the book. The goals of common reading program are to:
· model intellectual engagement by setting high expectations of participation (both reading and discourse)
· foster educationally purposeful in-class and out-of-class experiences
· create engagement opportunities among faculty, students, and staff
· develop a sense of community
The introduction of the Common Reading program will serve to support the University of Cincinnati’s commitment to intellectual engagement. A single first-year common reading program across all colleges will provide an opportunity for an integrated experience for all members of the University of Cincinnati community and will demonstrate the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated disciplines to our students. In addition, the Common Reading program will serve as a Great Beginning within the Integrated Core Learning framework and it will align with UC2019 and the Academic Master Plan.
Opportunities for student learning embedded in UC Great Beginnings is achieved and reinforced through student participation in multiple academic and co-curricular experiences that address one or more of the program's aims, which are:
· to allow students to acquire intellectual and self-management skills
· to engage with the cultural life and diversity of this university
· to focus the students’ attention on what their professional and civic responsibilities to the world might be as educated persons
· to advance the students’ capacity to make connections
Over the course of their first year of enrollment all matriculated students will experience a similar and comprehensive, cohesive, and well-integrated introduction to higher education at the University of Cincinnati.