The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance
The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) began as a collegial group of Human Sciences academic administrators who shared a common interest in educating rural professionals through the use of distance technologies and shared courses.
Since the first gathering of its founders in 1994, the Great Plains IDEA has evolved into a premier post-baccalaureate distance education alliance that sponsors inter-institutional academic programs and develops policy and practice models for inter-institutional distance education programs.
Academic programs are the core of the Alliance.
- Member institutions participate in programs that fit their interests and expertise.
- Each member institution awards academic credit and degrees for programs in which they participate.
- Curricula are developed by inter-institutional faculty teams.
- The same core curriculum is offered at each member institution in the program with that institution's course title and number.
- All courses and curricula receive full institutional review and meet the academic standards of the participating institutions.
- Students choose their "home" institution, where they apply for admission, enroll in courses, pay tuition and graduate.
- Courses are taught by faculty from each of the partner institutions on a schedule determined by the faculty team.
- Students pay the Great Plains IDEA "Common Price" per credit hour regardless of the home or teaching institution.
- The student's transcript is developed and diploma awarded at the home institution, so there is no credit transfer between institutions.
- Revenue is distributed among the home institution, teaching institution and central alliance management to ensure sustainable programs and a sustainable alliance.