Chapter 3: Making Relationships a Cultural Priority

The central question of this chapter is “How can institutions be strategic about maximizing opportunities for their students to experience meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and influential peers?” In other words, how can institutions bring the notion of relationship-rich education to scale? Five factors are essential to making relationships a cultural priority. Institutions must value (1) Students, (2) The efforts faculty and staff put into relationship building, (3) High-quality teaching, (4) Webs of human interactions, and (5) Engagement over prestige.