News FocusResearch Institutions

Plan to Merge Texas Schools Runs Into Faculty Opposition

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  08 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5962, pp. 137
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5962.137

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


On the congenial campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, faculty members in departments such as bioengineering and physics have lately found themselves facing off in a bitter public dispute. The issue: whether Rice, a small research university with deep pockets, should merge with nearby Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), which needs money. Proponents say it is a natural to add a top medical school to Rice's strengths in physical and life sciences. But critics at Rice say that pairing up with BCM is not worth the financial risks.