During Leo Lambert’s 19-year tenure as president at Elon University, the institution moved from a regional college to becoming one of the U.S.’s top 100 national universities. It is consistently ranked #1 for undergraduate education, ahead of Brown and Princeton. Lambert describes the five core “Elon Experiences” and other high impact practices that have helped Elon become one of the leaders in active and engaged learning. He also discusses the other strategies that enabled Elon to advance so significantly, including: adding a law school, creating a top-ranked School of Communications, an AACSB-accredited Business School, and a new School of Health Sciences, and constructing over two-thirds of the buildings and facilities on its beautiful North Carolina campus. In Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020) he shares numerous insights from Elon and a diverse set of 16 other colleges and universities that have intentionally focused on building deep connections for students with faculty, staff and their peers.
David Finegold is the president of Chatham University.