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Enhancing Innovative Learning

Huffington Foundation Partners With Baylor to Expand Educational Advancements

A rendering of the Clinical Skills Lab that will be in the new Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower, combining a simulation lab with a traditional-style classroom.

Baylor College of Medicine has been on the forefront of delivering an integrative and collaborative education for more than 120 years. The Huffington Foundation, long-time advocates of Baylor and its work, continues to build upon that legacy with its $10 million pledge made in 2019 to support education initiatives at the College, of which $250,000 was used to expand the newly launched Department of Education, Innovation, and Technology.

“The Huffington Foundation has been instrumental in supporting faculty research on key issues in education,” said Nancy Moreno, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department and director of the Center for Educational Outreach.

Baylor physician assistant students practice giving one another ultrasounds.

Department programs address curriculum and faculty development and the implementation of novel interactive courses across all Baylor schools, transforming the College’s approach to learning and discovery. Thanks to the Huffington Foundation’s generosity, the College recruited a new sonographer to expand the point-of-care ultrasound program, an initiative that uses highly advanced technology to better prepare students to deliver high-quality patient care in a more accurate, efficient and affordable way. The gift also enabled Baylor to design and install a new self-service video recording studio that enables faculty to record or livestream high-quality video presentations and develop video modules.

In addition, the Huffington Foundation supports the construction of the new Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower, one of the nation’s most innovative and interactive learning environments that will combine education, research and hands-on clinical experience for aspiring medical professionals.

The Huffington Foundation’s recent financial gift is only one of many ways the Huffington family has left their mark on the College throughout the years.

“We find it very meaningful to help enable these new educational initiatives and programs and to support Baylor’s vision of improving health through science, scholarship and innovation,” said Terry Huffington, trustee of the Huffington Foundation and emeritus Baylor Board member.

Read an in-depth report on the efforts of Baylor’s Center for Educational Outreach.