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Rice president: His school’s research finds state takeovers of school districts don’t necessarily work

Reginald DesRoches, the university’s 8th president, discusses the state takeover of HISD and general developments in higher education and at Rice.


Rice University’s Lovett Hall.


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In the first of two conversations this month with leadership from area universities, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Reginald DesRoches, the president of Rice University.

Among the topics they discuss in the audio above is the state’s plans to take control of Houston’s public school system. DesRoches noted research from his institution that suggests such takeovers don’t necessarily improve academic performance.

Reginald DesRoches is the 8th presidnet of Rice University.

He also discusses developments at Rice, including efforts to expand mental health services for students, attempts to make Rice more affordable for students in need (even as the university has raised tuition for the fourth straight year), and he fields questions from listeners.

Editor’s Note: On March 31, Houston Matters will talk with University of Houston Chancellor Renu Khator. Email questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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