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.