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A mentor, advisor, or even a friend? Making connections in college makes all the difference.

What single factor makes for an excellent college education? As it turns out, it's pretty simple: human relationships. Decades of research demonstrate the transformative potential and the lasting legacies of a relationship-rich college experience. Critics suggest that to build connections with peers, faculty, staff, and other mentors is expensive and only an option at elite institutions where instructors have the luxury of time with students. But in this revelatory book brimming with the voices of students, faculty, and staff from across the country, Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert argue that relationship-rich environments can and should exist for all students at all types of institutions.

In Relationship-Rich Education, Felten and Lambert demonstrate that, for relationships to be central in undergraduate education, colleges and universities do not require immense resources, privileged students, or specially qualified faculty and staff. All students learn best in an environment characterized by high expectation and high support, and all faculty and staff can learn to teach and work in ways that enable relationship-based education.

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  • 03-08-2021

Great research with a side of victimization

Insightful and layered research really examines what is working and how establishing relationship is key.Unfortunately the answers get shadowed in waves of two groups that stood out as feeling most left out ( LGBTQIA and blacks ) without really ever addressing these two groups head on. Perhaps it would have been best to stick to the solution.Still this book addresses what is sorely needed through out our society. Great time and testimony is given to what has proven successful

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