Researching My Options | FAQs

  • Who do I contact for information at each of the universities?

    Always start with the campus coordinator at the university of which you have questions.  The campus coordinator is the person available to assist you through Great Plains IDEA processes.

    Your campus coordinator is your link to distance education resources and information at your university.

  • How do I choose a home university?

    See a list of our member universities.

    Research the following to determine which university is the best fit for you:

    • Requirements and timelines for admissions and graduation
    • Any policy for students who stop-out due to unexpected life events but plan to return to the program after a semester or two
    • The degree title printed on your diploma as determined by the home university rather than the Great Plains IDEA program
    • Requirements for a culminating experience such as a final exam, master’s report, thesis, practicum, or project
    • Faculty research interests that might influence your decision
  • What is the difference between a home university and a teaching university?

    Your home university is where you enroll, pay tuition, and earn your degree or certificate. A teaching university is where the faculty member teaching your course is located. At times, the teaching university may be the same as your home university.

    Listen to Lona Robertson, associate dean for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, talk about this unique collaboration and how it benefits students.

  • How do I know what programs are offered?

    You can choose from a variety of certificates and degrees in two academic areas: human sciences and agriculture. View a list of our programs.

  • What jobs do graduates get with these online degrees?

    Check your program’s webpage for information about jobs related to your degree.

    In this video, a campus coordinator explains the resources provided by OSU to recent graduates and alumni.  Many of our member universities offer these same resources.