Rice is a member of the VIP Consortium, based at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The VIP Consortium is a global alliance of universities advancing Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) programs.  Through VIP, undergraduate and graduate students participate in ambitious, long-term projects led by faculty; faculty benefit from their VIP teams’ contributions to ongoing scholarship and exploration efforts; and universities gain a scalable model for high-impact, project-based learning.  VIP Consortium partners collaborate to share effective practices, evaluate and improve the VIP model, disseminate experiences and findings, and establish VIP programs in a variety of institutions.

Through support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, seventeen colleges and universities came together for a Consortium Planning Workshop in April 2014. Through the proposed Consortium, partner institutions will establish VIP programs at their institutions, define effective practices for a variety of program formats, and support new partners in the establishment of new VIP programs. With its innovative model and proposed Consortium, VIP is poised to truly transform higher education.

Vip Consortium Site