In the Page One program first-year students and the broader UTPA community read, discuss, and interact with the same fascinating book over a whole year. For 2013-2014, the book we will be reading is Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From. This book was selected by a group of faculty, staff, and students because of its interdisciplinary scope and appeal and its encouragement of the idea that ALL OF US are capable of great ideas. We invite you to check out the links below to learn more about this great book.
- 4-minute animated overview of the book
- TED Talk by Johnson about the ideas in the book (18 minutes)
- Chronicle of Higher Education story on the book
How can I get my copy?
To launch the Page One program, we will give incoming first-year students a copy of the book at Bronc Roundup in August 2013, and we will have a special time slot during the event to introduce you to the book in an active, fun way.
What kinds of things will we be doing with the book?
Throughout the year, there will be a number of events for students, faculty and staff to attend related to the book. Some of these will be College-specific events, but others will be campus-wide. And, as a critical part of the program, some of our faculty will be using part or all of the book in their first-year classes this next year.
Page One Program Goals
The goals of the Page One program at UTPA are to:
- Introduce and support first-year students’ transition to the intellectual life of the university.
- Set high academic expectations for students and support them in their achievement of those expectations by modeling high engagement academic behaviors like reading carefully and critically; actively participating in discussions about texts/ideas; listening to diverse points of view; making connections between texts, experiences and other academic areas of inquiry; and asking questions.
- Foster students’ academic involvement across and beyond the curriculum (including encouraging integration of social and academic involvement).
- Connect first-year students to faculty in their majors, as well as faculty from across the disciplines.