If you're a UVU faculty member visiting this page, more than likely it's because you have decided to incorporate
the freshman reading selection into your course curriculum. This is an important decision
that will positively impact your freshman students in far-reaching ways. When faculty
from diverse academic disciplines integrate a common text into their freshmen level
courses, we achieve the following objectives:
Facilitate a universal academic experience that enables dialog and learning around
a common point of reference.
Our incoming freshman body is diverse and non-residential. The freshman reading book
provides a common academic experience that can help students of varying backgrounds
and academic preparedness to connect with one another in an educationally purposeful
Initiate a universal academic experience that introduces reading as a gateway to meaningful
exploration of a topic via a variety of academic disciplines.
Freshman students benefit from observing how a central topic can be applied and explored
from a variety of methods and points of view. i.e., how might a sociologist apply
this topic? Mathematician? Biologist? Etc. This process helps to reinforce the benefits
of a solid general educational core, enhances critical thinking skills, and possibly
assists students with their major and career choices.
When new freshmen encounter the freshman reading book in multiple academic and social
settings, they experience a learning model that provides “environments and experiences
that bring students to discover and construct knowledge for themselves” (Barr and
Tagg, 1995, p. 12), moving them beyond the traditional instructional model of simply
receiving information. This process more effectively enables students to become “members
of communities of learners that make discoveries and solve problems” (Barr and Tagg,
If you have any ideas on how UVU can more dynamically integrate the freshman book
into course curriculum and campus events, we'd love to hear them. Please send your
comments and ideas to Martha Wilson, First-Year Experience Coordinator.
Thank you for your support of this program!
Please scroll down for course specific ideas for integration.
Barr, R.B., & Tagg, J. (1995, November/December). From teaching to learning: A new
paradigm for undergraduate education. Change, 12-26.
An electronic version (pdf) of the book is available for download to students enrolled in CLSS 1000 and ENGH
0990 (academic year 2013-2014, only).
Teaching Resources for CLSS 1000 Faculty:
- Integrating "My Dream of Stars" with the FOCUS text is an excellent way to enhance
learning concepts presented in the textbook (view idea document).
Teaching Resources for ENGH 0990 Faculty:
- Utilize "My Dream of Stars" as a supplemental assigned reading resource for some of
your formal essay assignments. View our list of essay topics.
- Watch Anousheh Ansari's UVU presentation as a class. Have students write a reflective essay on what type of personal impact
Anousheh Ansari has had on them (individual goals, leadership plans, career goals,