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.


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. 


  • Provide quality educational programs for human sciences and agriculture professionals at distance sites.
  • Develop a model collaboration that can be replicated successfully by other consortia.
  • Contribute to the scholarship on distance education in order to advance the endeavor for all.
  • Offer opportunities that make teaching invigorating for faculty and learning engaging for students.