Support the Glasscock School

We invite you to explore how your support can enable the next 50 years of excellence in continuing education, bringing even greater impact to Houston and beyond.


Glasscock School Front Lawn at Night

The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies has demonstrated for 50 years how a great university and a great city can benefit and inspire each other to make substantial contributions to the quality of education and leadership in the local community. As part of our goal to serve not only our Houston community but also our global networks, we are committed to producing the next generation of lifelong learners and leaders who will make an impact in their schools, nonprofit organizations and communities.

To learn more about how you can impact lifelong learning and program development in the Glasscock School, please contact Emily Schreiber at 713-348-3254 or

A teacher interacts with young children in a classroom setting.High-quality early literacy education is key to long-term student success across demographics and socio-economic situations. With its leadership in teacher training for learners of all backgrounds, the Glasscock School, through the School Literacy and Culture and Teacher Education programs, is in a singular position to address gaps in early childhood education in the greater Houston community. Increased investment in the range of programs that will address this pressing need will prepare more Houston teachers and school leaders with the hands-on training and research-based knowledge to build stronger solutions for children at this critical first stage of their education.

Philanthropic priorities

  • Supporting scholarships for teachers in the community: Teacher training is at the heart of early childhood education, and when teachers gain access to Glasscock School programs, the impact spreads to the students they teach, the schools where they work and the decisions they inform. The Vivian Paley Scholarship Fund through the School Literacy and Culture program provides teachers with partial or full scholarships to participate in day, week, or yearlong programs, the cost of which can often stretch already-limited school budgets.
  • Leading in dual-language learning: the Glasscock School aspires to develop additional programming, assessment and research protocols to become leaders in dual-language learning, to meet the need arising as rapidly changing demographics shape Houston’s future.
  • Expanding training in English-language learning through OWL Lab: the Rice Oral & Written Language Laboratory (OWL Lab) has proven effective in training teachers to teach English language learners and other children with limited oral language development. Replicating this program in diverse educational settings across the greater Houston area will expand access to high quality early literacy education to additional underserved populations. Extensive human capital is needed to provide coaching and mentoring to campus teachers who are working to replicate the lab model and to ensure replication is achieved with fidelity to the research-based model.

To learn more about how your support can impact the Glasscock School, contact Emily Schreiber at 713-348-3254 or

A smiling woman wearing glasses discusses a project with a colleague.Nonprofit organizations increasingly fill the gaps in societal needs that federal and local government lack the capacity or political will to provide, from education to social services, to the arts and healthcare. To meet our communities’ needs, in Houston and across the country and world, we must prepare the professionals and volunteers dedicated to making a difference in this sector with the skills, training and tools to navigate a complex universe of challenges.

Through the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (CPNL), the Glasscock School specializes in high-quality preparation for nonprofit leaders of every experience level and impact area, from executive and volunteer leadership to fundraising and financial operations professionals. In almost thirty years of offering classes at Rice, the Glasscock School has served hundreds of organizations and trained nonprofit leaders in Houston and around the world. Today, the Center is poised to strengthen its most impactful programs and provide lasting support for the next generation of difference-makers.

Philanthropic priorities

  • Expanding scholarships for the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives: the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives focuses coursework and coaching on the development of emerging and existing nonprofit executives to effectively lead their organizations. Yet, many small organizations are not able to cover the cost of the program within their limited budget, excluding a critical group of nonprofit leaders. With expanded scholarship support, the Glasscock School can open this powerful program to even more executive-level nonprofit leaders who will put the skills and expertise they gain to work bettering their communities.
  • Creating an endowment of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership: endowed funding for the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership provides lasting, sustained support for the core of the enterprise. This sustained support, in turn, creates more financial flexibility for the Center to enhance and expand the innovative programs, courses and coaching that have the most impact for nonprofit leaders.

To learn more about how your support can impact the Glasscock School, contact Emily Schreiber at 713-348-3254 or

View of young graduates in dark blue caps and gownsHighly trained, highly effective teachers are critical to elevating K–12 education and raising the bar for student success at every level. The Glasscock School, through its offerings in Teacher Education and the Center for College Readiness, leverages strong community connections, experience, and research-driven instruction to offer dynamic training for teachers who strive for excellence in teaching and preparing students for the future.

Philanthropic priorities

  • Growing graduate student fellowships: the increased ability to offer full and partial tuition scholarships to graduate students will enable the Glasscock School to attract the very best aspiring teachers from across the country, and then train them and place them in Houston area public schools. These emerging teachers will have strong content backgrounds and the ability to work with diverse student populations and to inspire and enhance much-needed STEM education.
  • Expanding mentorship for new teachers: research verifies a key element for teacher success and retention: long term, structured mentorship for early career teachers. The Teacher Education Program aspires to add an additional year to its current support model for clinical teachers, allowing more time to strengthen and develop skills with formal and informal observations and continued professional development. With this greater source of structured support, the Glasscock School can ensure that this program is a national leader in teacher preparation.
  • Creating an endowment for the Center for College Readiness (CCR): CCR programming is designed to enable students, particularly those in underserved populations, to be academically prepared for the rigors of college work and the demands of the college admissions process. Endowment funds will assist the enhanced development of college access counseling programs for educators and will generate tuition scholarships for a diverse group of secondary students to attend enrichment opportunities focused on post-secondary access, transition, persistence, and completion.

To learn more about how your support can impact the Glasscock School, contact Emily Schreiber at 713-348-3254 or

Dean Mary McIntireThe Continuing Scholars Endowment Honoring Mary McIntire promotes excellence and opportunity for students in all of the programs housed in the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The Endowment will increase accessibility to both credit and non-credit classes by providing tuition assistance, educational materials, and more, all contributing to a more available educational experience.

The funds will be distributed each year by the dean and are meant to be flexible to accommodate for changing needs. As the first all-school student fund in the Glasscock School’s fifty year history, the Endowment embodies Dean Mary McIntire’s longtime aim of opening the school to all who wish to enroll—and she has made it her priority to fund it to the greatest extent so it may benefit as many students as possible.

Supporting Dean McIntire’s initiative honors her leadership and vision for the Glasscock School by encouraging the non-traditional students about whom she is so passionate.

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Mary McIntire retired from her position as the first dean of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies after 31 years in June 2017. She joined the then Office of Continuing Studies in the mid-1970s as a program director before being named director and then Rice’s first female academic dean in 1986.

Make a gift online.

The easiest way to make your gift may be using this online giving form. You can designate your gift to the program area of your choice and add additional comments for designation instructions, if needed.

Make a gift by mail.

Please make checks payable to Rice University and send along with instructions for the gift designation to:

Rice University Development Office, MS 81
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

You may only attend class if you have paid the full fee amount.


Continuing Studies courses do not confer college credit with the exception of the Graduate Liberal Studies programs and courses in Rice University’s Summer School for College Students, administered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Some Continuing Studies programs confer professional continuing education credit, which is indicated in the course description. All courses grant participants Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – one unit for every ten hours of classroom time.

We do not accept course reservations. Only payment in advance assures you a place in class.

You may only attend class if you have paid the full fee amount.

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

We accept some late registrations depending on the course and space availability. If you would like to enroll in a course that has started, please call 713-348-4803 to inquire about late registration.

We do not have a senior citizen discount. Some courses feature discounts for members of a co-sponsoring organization. Association of Rice Alumni members are eligible for a reduced fee for all non-limited enrollment courses including most courses in Humanities & Social Sciences and Science, Technology & Health areas of study. Visit our Policies page for more information.


Although Rice does not offer financial aid for continuing education, many of our professional development courses do qualify for favorable education loans. For more information, please visit the Professional Development page.

Yes, we offer a variety of online courses. Please visit our Resources For Online Learners page for more information.

You can register on the Web for most courses (with the exception of ESL, credit programs and some professional development programs). Additionally, you can call 713-348-4803 to register using a credit card. Some programs have an application process. Visit our Registration page for more information.

Refund requests must be submitted in writing. You may submit a refund request by e-mail to or, if the course is a language course, to Refund requests for Center for College Readiness courses should be addressed to Include your first and last name on the subject line. Or you may send a fax to 713-348-5213. You also may mail in a refund request or deliver it to our office. Please note that refunds can take two to three weeks to process.

To use a gift certificate to register for a course, the registrant must call the Department Coordinator at 713-348-6026 and reference the number on the top right of the gift certificate. Each certificate may be used only for what is stated on the gift certificate, and it may only be used for a course that begins prior to the expiration date listed. Gift certificates have no cash value and may not be used for a discount on a course which costs more than the amount listed on the certificate. For additional inquiries, please email:

ou may contact us directly through postal mail, e-mail, fax or phone.

Mailing Address: Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
MS 550, Rice University,
P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251
E-mail: Fax number: 713-348-5213
Main telephone number: 713-348-4803

If you have a complaint about parking, please e-mail

You may submit a course proposal by e-mail to Please give specific topics relating to your course idea, as well as the specific audience you think would be likely to take the course. Indicate your teaching experience and credentials in the subject you would like to teach.

No, in most cases another section is not available, and we do not carry over registrations from one session to another. If handouts were distributed in the class you missed, you can request those handouts at the next class from the course attendant. Some individual programs, such as ESL, the Foreign Language Program and Center for College Readiness have their own policies on missed classes. Please call or consult their websites.

An individual may be able to claim a tax deduction or a tax credit for the cost of attending this continuing education program. However, we do not issue 1098-Ts. Non-academic credit programs such as continuing education courses do not require a 1098-T per IRS guidelines. Please keep a copy of your receipt and consult with your tax advisor about whether your payment meets the regulations that apply to tax deductions and tax credits. The University’s Federal Tax ID Number is 74-1109620.

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized uniform unit of measurement of individual participation in non-credit continuing education. One Continuing Education Unit is defined as "ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience, under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction." CEUs provide the framework for individuals to document their efforts to update or broaden their knowledge or skills through a variety of non-credit educational options. CEUs are granted for classroom hours and are not granted for hours spent at such activities as performances, field trips or tours.

In general, we accept registrations up until the first class session, as long as there is space available in the class. Many classes fill quickly; we recommend that you register as early as possible. Some Personal Development and Professional Development courses have an early registration discount. See course listings for details. Visit our Registration page for more information. If you have waited until the day a class starts to register, please call us at 713-348-4803; if you register online at the last minute you risk not getting course location or parking information. 

Personal development courses are offered in two major sessions a year, beginning in January and August. Language courses are offered year round. Professional development and Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership courses are offered at various times of the year, but typically begin in spring or fall. Please see the Master of Liberal Studies program for its schedule.

We are located in the Anderson-Clarke Center, the three-story building on the left as you come in Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Drive. It is building #4 on the campus map. Visitor parking spaces are available on the backside of the building.

You will receive important information about parking in your enrollment acknowledgment; please read and retain all parking information. Visit our Parking Information page for more information.

Continuing Studies classes are open to adults, with the exception of a few courses for high school students. A few courses have prerequisites indicated in the course descriptions, and some programs require a bachelor's degree (which does not have to be from Rice but must be from an accredited institution). See individual program pages for specifics.

Some courses have required and/or recommended texts. For information on books for your course see individual program pages on our website or call 713-348-4803. 

Refund policies differ, depending on the type of course. For non-limited enrollment courses, you can receive a refund if your written request is received 10 working days before class starts. Limited enrollment courses have other refund requirements. For more information, see our Policies page and specific refund policies that apply to ESL, Foreign Language Program and Center for College Readiness. For refunds on books purchased at the Rice Bookstore, please refer to the store’s refund policy.

You will receive an enrollment acknowledgment in the mail approximately one week after registration (although this varies by program). This will include classroom location, campus map, parking information, book requirements and other information relating to your particular class.