Friday, January 1, 2010

Rice University - Baylor College of Medicine Merger

A proposed merger between Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine has been under discussion for more than a year. Rice University President David W. Leebron recently wrote a column describing the challenges and potential benefits of the merger.

This proposed merger is of similar type - mutual growth - to the mergers that I am examining in my dissertation. The institutions in my study also involve mergers between comprehensive institutions and free-standing medical schools. The higher education merger literature suggests that this type of merger has the best chances for success, as two strong entities come together to make them stronger combined, and they do not involve the duplication of programs (two arts and sciences colleges, two business colleges, etc.). It will be very interesting to see the progress as this merger moves forward and how the merger may impact the Houston area.