Rice, Baylor in Houston to expand collaborations
Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, which at one time considered merging, have signed an agreement to facilitate their research and teaching collaborations.
The two Houston private schools discussed merging in 2009 but ultimately decided against combining ownership. The new agreement aims to make it easier for faculty, staff and students to work together, building on previous accords, the schools said.
Rice and Baylor agreed to encourage joint faculty appointments to facilitate research and educational programs that can be used by both schools. More than 40 Rice and Baylor faculty members already have joint adjunct appointments.
The deal also allows the schools’ students to enroll in graduate credit courses at either institution, and establishes a cooperative program for shared use of certain research labs and service centers at both schools.
The two colleges already have several collaborative arrangements, including a five-year combined MBA/MD program involving Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Rice also participates in Baylor’s MD/PhD medical scientist training program, which includes the option of a PhD in bioengineering from Rice or other PhDprograms at Baylor.