Winter 2008 |
Beginning Oct. 6, Metropolitan Community College partnered with USA
Today Education to implement the Collegiate Readership Program, putting
the world of news and current events at students´ fingertips.
Monday through Friday throughout the 2008-09 academic year, copies of
USA Today and the Omaha World-Herald will be available at
several MCC locations free of charge for students. This initiative intends to
promote civic engagement on campus and broaden student awareness of current
issues through newspaper access and readership. Student readership will be
monitored throughout the year, and feedback from students will help determine
the effectiveness of the program and its impact on the College. Resources are
available to faculty to utilize this tool in the classroom across a variety of
The newspapers are available at the Fort Omaha Campus (Bldg 10 and Bldg
30), South Omaha Campus (Connector Commons) and Elkhorn Valley Campus
(Commons). Recycling bins are placed near the displays, and all unused
newspapers are collected and recycled daily. The displays in use are open
stand displays, but these will be replaced with card reader displays that
distribute a paper after reading a valid MCC student ID card.
Budgeted and funded by student activities, the College only pays for the
newspapers picked up at a discounted educational rate.
"Not only is this a great way to encourage students to read the
newspaper, but faculty are beginning to use them as teaching tools in their
classrooms," said vice president of Campuses and Student Affairs Arthur