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    Southern University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, and New Mexico State University
  • New! Open Courses:

    Developed through a collaborative effort between The University of Florida and West Virginia University
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    Your membership with ADEC provides you with the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn best practices, best technologies, and more!
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ADEC - American Distance Education Consortium

ADEC is a non-profit distance education consortium composed of approximately 20 state universities and land-grant colleges. The consortium was conceived and developed to promote the creation and provision of high-quality, economical distance education programs and services to diverse audiences, by the land-grant community of colleges and universities, through the most appropriate information technologies available.

Key Benefits for ADEC Members

  • Strategic insight and collaboration: Network with fellow members about best practices, explore market trends, take a deeper look at relevant topics like MOOCs, and more!
  • Grow enrollment: Learn about marketing strategies that will help grow your enrollments—specifically in STEM programs.
  • International cooperation: ADEC has partnership agreements in China, South America, and Europe, making international cooperation possible for member institutions.
  • Legislative impact: Contribute to government relations efforts, discuss regulatory decisions that impact online education, and meet legislative demands for reduced costs.
  • Innovate education: Evaluate and introduce new technologies that enable quality online learning.

Now accepting nominations for the Janet K. Poley Innovation in Online Learning Leadership Award

The Janet K. Poley Innovation Award recognizes an individual from higher education (i.e., campus, system, or consortium) who has—at an institutional or national level—set and met innovative goals focused on online education and been strategic in the planning, development, implementation, and sustainability of programs aligned with the institutional mission. Examples include: authentic institutional online organizational structure; partnership models; maximizing resource efficiencies; improving the learning experience for faculty and students; or the use of technology and learning design to advance online education and address institutional goals.

Nomination Criteria: Click Here

Submit your nomination by clicking here. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. 


ADEC’s annual membership fee is $2,500 per university. Some organizations charge their members for every campus; at ADEC, this annual fee covers ALL campuses within your institution.

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