Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The mission of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is to serve learners by offering online, flexible, affordable instruction for a virtual community of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Our alliance offers high quality, academic programs that are greater in reach and significance than any single university could offer alone by sharing resources in efficient ways.

Great Plains IDEA Vision

Our alliance will be the leader among online, global consortia, collaborating to enrich the higher education experience for learners and faculty, empowering them to change their lives and the lives of those around them. 

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We believe diversity fuels an innovative culture. We believe an inclusive community is a critical component for meaningful engagement. We commit to create an equitable educational experience where everyone feels empowered to be authentic and all voices are valued.

Learn about the process for creating this statement, the next steps in our DEI journey, and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). View the FAQs (PDF).

If you are looking for DEI resources, visit the Resources & Tools section of our Member Portal (sign-in required). You'll find suggestions for including inclusion statements in your syllabi, creating community in the virtual classroom, centering equity in course design, and resources from trusted experts like the Smithsonian.

Great Plains IDEA's Core Principles

  • Behave as equals
  • Share leadership
  • Respect and accommodate institutional differences
  • Simplify student access