Great Plains IDEA students apply and are admitted to one university, which becomes their home institution. One of the unique aspects of Great Plains IDEA is the virtual department that is created because faculty are located at partner institutions within a program. Students enroll and pay tuition at their home institution, but courses are taught by faculty from each of the partner institutions. In a given semester a Great Plains IDEA student may take courses from faculty at multiple institutions. Students access their courses through the learning management system (i.e. Blackboard) used at the teaching institution.
Each university has a Campus Coordinator who works with students through the various processes of Great Plains IDEA. Campus Coordinators work with home institution students to answer general questions about admission, programs, enrollment, scheduling and graduation. They can also refer students to additional resources. Students work with the teaching institution Campus Coordinators to gain access to courses for which they are enrolled.
Students enrolling in a Great Plains IDEA course or program must sign and return the Student Acknowledgment Form. This form gives Great Plains IDEA institutions permission to utilize student information and outlines key policies of Great Plains IDEA.
ExpanSIS is the secure, web-based database used to house and share student information. When students enroll at the home institution, the enrollment information is shared among institutions through ExpanSIS. The teaching institution accesses student information in order to grant the student access to the course. ExpanSIS generates a grade roster. At the end of the term the teaching institution enters grades in the ExpanSIS grade roster. The grade is then translated by the student's home institution to the student's transcript.