In 2008, the Writing Program initially drafted learning outcomes for the Common Reading Experience as a program. In 2012, the Reading Board revised these earlier outcomes. The result is a set of five common goals for students participating in the CRE.

  • Create a common intellectual experience
  • Create a community of readers
  • Set expectations that college is about the life of the mind—of reading, discussion, writing
  • Launch other co-curricular events tied to theme
  • Make the point that academic/critical/rigorous thinking can be applied to real life, such as popular books

For the full document, including outcomes under each of the five learning goals, click here.

In 2012, the Writing Program created separate learning outcomes for Transitional Studies (TRS) as well as 100-level and 200-level composition courses.

We hope that these outcomes will not only assist students in those courses, but may also serve as models for other departments on campus who incorporate the Common Reading Experience into their courses.

Please click here for CRE outcomes related to Transitional Studies (TRS) courses.

Please click here for CRE outcomes related to 100-level composition courses.

Please click here for CRE outcomes related to 200-level composition courses.