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Program Mission: The goal of The Collegiate Readership Program is to enhance the learning environment on campus, by exposing students to the news in their living, learning, and community spaces. The program is designed to promote civic literacy and global awareness on campus through students' daily exposure to the news. Program Benefits: Provides students with the ability to access newspapers, share them with their peers, and create a community of awareness. Prepares students to live and work in a global society. Promotes a sharing of ideas related to responsible citizenship. Encourages students to examine diverse viewpoints and multiple perspectives. Empowers students to seek knowledge outside of the classroom and sets them on a path towards lifelong learning. History The Collegiate Readership Program was developed at The Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Penn State 's President, Graham Spanier, created the program as a way to ensure that his students were exposed to the world beyond the bricks and mortar of the campus. The program's success at Penn State quickly became evident, and has since served as a model that is now replicated on nearly 500 campuses nationwide. Program Components The Collegiate Readership Program is a multi-faceted campus initiative, which means that it will look a bit different on each campus. and can take on many forms. There are a few key elements, however, that are shared among all campuses. They include: The distribution of up to three different newspaper publications on campus Access to online academic resources for use in and out of the classroom Programming ideas Marketing Recycling Newspaper Selection and Partnership Efforts USA TODAY has partnered with over 300 local and national newspapers to bring this program to campuses nationwide. Your campus has the option of choosing up to three newspapers for distribution, most often consisting of USA TODAY, a local, and a regional publication.