The Future of Higher Education

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Higher education is changing.

Above: The message from students is clear: they want and need more diverse educational opportunities than ever.

Where once the classroom dominated the Rice student experience, the education of the future will necessitate much more. This education will prepare students in ways that are different from those of the past, developing in them skills and knowledge they will use to lead successful lives and build meaningful careers. The education of the future will feature professional development, international travel, hands-on research and leadership training as elements that are key to preparing students to thrive in a complex world.

Indeed, the education of the future is what students are calling for right now. Through the Initiative for Students, we are answering that call.

We need your support.

The Initiative for Students focuses the support of our community on professional development, leadership training, mentorship and hands-on research opportunities — while sustaining Rice's excellent classroom experience and its commitment to accessibility. We invite you to make a difference through your time, expertise and resources in an area that you are passionate about. Here are a few specific ways to get started:

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Highlights from the Initiative for Students

Lilie will prepare Rice entrepreneurs

Lilie will prepare Rice entrepreneurs

Houston entrepreneur and Rice University alumnus Frank Liu and his family, through the Frank and Cindy Liu Family Foundation, have made a $16.5 million gift to launch the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) at Rice.

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President Leebron calls for "more than the classroom experience"

President Leebron calls for "more than the classroom experience"

In this Rice Magazine column, Rice President David W. Leebron offers a personal story that highlights the need for Rice to lead in the new world of higher education.

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Doerr Institute for New Leaders will prepare Rice students to make a difference

Doerr Institute for New Leaders will prepare Rice students to make a difference

John '73 and Ann '75 Doerr have made a significant investment in Rice students, with a $50 million gift dedicated to leadership education through the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. 

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Lilie will prepare Rice entrepreneurs

President Leebron calls for "more than the classroom experience"

Doerr Institute for New Leaders will prepare Rice students to make a difference