The Book Selection Committee is charged with researching and recommending common reading texts to the president. The recommendation for FCRP text(s) should be considered with the following guidelines:
Adopt text(s) that will expand student perspectives beyond what is normally part of PC educational and cultural experience;
Consider texts that include multiple perspectives; that allow for argument and debate, discussion, disputed questions;
Texts that can be read and reviewed from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and that are relevant to contemporary issues; and
Texts must align with Providence College's Mission, and must support the institution's values.
The committee also should consider the selection of books, periodicals, and other media that might be included for the campus theme. Invite the College community to submit ideas and recommendations concerning specific reading themes and/or texts to consider for the FCRP. Consider a competition among students, faculty, and others to make recommendations regarding the selection of the common theme or text.
The committee should submit a list of recommended common reading texts or themes, in order of preference, to the President and/or Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for endorsement. Normally, this recommendation should be presented for consideration no later than January 31st in the academic year prior to the introduction of the FCRP theme for the next academic year.