K-State Institute for Academic Alliances

Contact: 785-532-1999, iaa@ksu.edu


iaaThe IAA helps K-State and other higher education institutions collaboratively and cost-effectively develop and deliver online academic programs in high-demand fields to expand their outreach, attract diverse students, and stimulate faculty and broaden their ability to reach out to students and each other. In just five years, the IAA staff has worked with 16 higher education alliances physically spanning 40 states, and is currently the managing arm of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) (www.gpidea.org), the Big 12 Engineering Consortium (www.big12engg.org), and the Alliance for Cooperative Course Exchange in the Plant Sciences (ACCEPtS). To date, students participating in the collaborative programs have noted locations in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, recognizing that information exchange is a critical component in collaboration, the IAA worked with the Great Plains IDEA registrars and K-State computer programmers to create ExpanSIS, a secure, web-based student information system. This affordable multi-institution ExpanSIS data system is now available to meet the information exchange needs of new consortia.


Institute for Academic Alliances

Program Partners:

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) and the affiliate Agriculture Interactive Distance Education Alliance (AG*IDEA); Big 12 Engineering Consortium (Big 12 Engineering); Nursing Education Xchange (NEXus); North American Food Safety Network; Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET); 1890 Family and Consumer Sciences Distance Instructional Alliance (1890 FCS-DIA); Illinois IDEA Homeland Security; California Strategic Alliance for Gerontology Education; Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU); Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC); Alliance for Course Exchange in the Plant Sciences (ACCEPtS); Pathways to Public Health; Kansas Department of Commerce; Kansas Board of Regents

Institutional Impact Area(s):

More than 40 higher education institutions; College of Human Ecology at K-State; K-State Division of Continuing Education


Higher education institutions


Business and Industrial Development; College of Education; College of Human Ecology;