IT @ Rice

External Partnerships

Rice develops strategic relationships with peers and members of the greater community to advance the mission of the university. Collectively, the university is affiliated with the organizations listed below. Individually, many IT staff members are members of other professional organizations and initiatives.


LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network

Rice is a member of LEARN, a partnership of Texas institutions dedicated to bringing high-speed connectivity and competitive researching to the lone star state.

Internet 2

Internet2 is an exceptional community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies.

Identity and Access Management

InCommon Federation

InCommon provides integrated service and software solutions to address these needs: single sign-on (SSO), access to cloud and local services, and seamless global collaboration for students, faculty, staff, and researchers.


SURA: Southeastern Universities Research Association

SURA is a research group of over sixty universities in the southeastern portion of the United States including Rice.

Higher Education


The Educause organization promotes higher learning through the improvement of IT services. Rice participates in many Educause initiatives, such as the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI).

CSG - Common Solutions Group

CSG works to achieve the overall efficiency of research universities by acting collaboratively to influence commercial providers of information technology and, where the market fails to provide appropriate technology, working collaboratively to develop and disseminate common solutions to important IT challenges.


Greater Houston Partnership: Technology Infrastructure Task Force

The goal of the task force of the Greater Houston Partnership is to identify technology infrastructure enhancements that will foster the deployment and integration of products and services that produce life enhancing experiences for the general population in the greater Houston area.