The Houston Education Research Consortium

 HERC Staff

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is a research partnership between Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. HERC brings together education researchers and education decision makers to work to ensure that all children have access to a high quality education, regardless of their economic status or where they live. HERC’s research agenda is informed by the needs of local education leaders, and the decisions of these leaders are informed by the research produced by HERC and its affiliates.

With New Team of Advisers, College Application Rates Up at Houston Schools

Houston Public Media

So Far, the college application rate has jumped the most for Hispanic students - by 19 percentage points. 

With $2.2 Million in grants, a new type of education research thrives

Published in the Kinder Institute Urban Edge blog, Ruth López Turley writes about new funding that will support a model of cutting-edge education research with real-world applications. 

Column: Socioeconomic diversity strengthens schools

Ruth Lopez Turley | USA Today

The Houston Education Research Consortium is generously funded by:


The Centennial Campaign Video:

Featuring HERC Director Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley