The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is a partnership between Rice University and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) which aims to produce rigorous research for the purpose of closing the socioeconomic gaps in educational achievement and attainment in Houston.


  • To establish an education researcher/decision-maker partnership that sets a research agenda that is based on the needs of local education leaders.
  • To assist in data collection as needed for addressing the research agenda.
  • To combine data from various local, state, and national sources to analyze it to inform local decision-making.
  • To train a new generation of researchers who ask critical questions grounded in the needs of education practitioners.


HERC is generously funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and Houston Endowment.


Location: Rice Campus, Sewall Hall, HERC Suite, 1st Floor
Mailing Address: 6100 Main Street MS-258, Houston, TX 77005
Phone: 713-348-2802  Fax: 713-348-5296  Email: herc@rice.edu