Choice and flexibility for lifelong learners.

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA)
is a consortium of reputable universities who offer online, flexible, affordable programs for a virtual community of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The educational freedom we provide creates pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement, and community growth in an ever-changing society.

Why rely on just one university to help you earn your degree when we can help you learn from multiple universities working together to shape the future of education?

Why students are choosing Great Plains IDEA
Qualified Faculty

Faculty bring real-world experiences and understanding of the flexibility adult learners need.

Flexible Learning

Choose from courses offered by multiple universities to create a unique, completely online, learning experience.

Affordable Education

One affordable common price per credit hour.  No out-of-state fees or distance delivery fees.

Reputable Programs

The collaboration between high-quality universities allows you to learn from diverse perspectives.

Get the job you always wanted

Are you looking for a career-focused curriculum designed for busy adults who need to balance family, work and school?  Our faculty have real-life experience and are committed to helping you transition your learning beyond the online classroom into your career.

Orange link Not sure you can do it? We've got your back.
Blue link Ready for something new but not sure what? Learn about our degrees and certificates.
Green link Have a job or career in mind but not sure how to get started?  Visit with a campus coordinator to understand how we can get you there.


A virtual community dedicated to supporting you.
– – Brooke Noble, Dietetics Graduate