Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP)

In May 2017, the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) graduated its eighth and final cohort. As the collaboration with the Jones Graduate School of Business came to an end, REEP announced that the principal certification program would be offered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice (teach.rice.edu).

Since then, a new connection with Houston Education Leadership Partners emerged. Today, through Rice Business Executive Education, campus and district leaders have the opportunity to earn a business certificate over nine months. This program equips school leaders with the management tools, strategic frameworks and supportive networks they need to face the challenges of public school leadership. Explore what's possible in education today and in the future.

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REEP stats

  • 338 Networked REEP Educators
  • 173 Houston-based school principals serving over 175,000+ students
  • 62 REEP MBAs and MBA candidates working in education
  • 280 schools in the greater Houston area with REEP-trained leaders
  • 98% pass rate for Principal Certification Exam
  • Eight completed cohorts by May of 2017 

REEP Testimonials

“The REEP Business Fellowship has been the single most targeted, specialized and strategic professional development I have ever experienced. As a brand new first time principal in charge of opening a new and unique school in less than three months, REEP has been an integral part of my journey, sustaining, maintaining and building me in my role as the founding captain ... The specialized strategies and skills that were honed and reinforced with the REEP experience have sustained my vision.”
 - Jyoti Malhan, Founding Principal of Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan Middle School, Houston ISD

“My takeaway was that my role was to make a difference as the leader on campus and to make that difference based on the needs of your campus, to take a risk, to do something different.”
-Tiffany Chenier, Principal of McNamara Elementary School, Houston ISD

“I think that what was particularly insightful about REEP classes was all the talk around tensions that exist in the school systems and how to navigate that. It really set us up for continued learning and reflection as we move forward.”
- Sarah Guerrero, Principal of Northbrook Middle School, Spring Branch ISD 

“What is unique about REEP is that it provides a dynamic space for cross pollination to occur between educators and individuals in other industries. The MBA coursework coupled with the REEP experience gave me a fresh perspective on what is possible in education.”
 - Barb Campbell, REEP Cohort 2/Class of 2011