ADEC is a non-profit distance education consortium composed of 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
The driving vision behind the organization is the extension of
educational content and opportunity beyond the traditional boundaries of
the university walls, to serving not simply on-campus students but
lifelong learners, broader domestic and international communities,
under-served populations and even K-12 schools and the
Through ADEC, members engage in a
teaching and learning model that epitomizes a university without walls
that is open, accessible, and flexible. The model seeks to provide
instructional delivery and/or access anywhere, anytime, and to virtually
anyone who seeks it.
Primary emphasis is placed on educational
and informational programs and services that fall within the
traditional areas of competitive advantage for land-grant institutions.
Specifically, this includes programs related to food and agriculture;
nutrition and health; environment and natural resources; community and
economic development; and children, youth, and families.
members seek to meet local, state, national and international demands
through provision of distance education opportunities and place equal
emphasis on each of the traditional land grant imperatives of teaching,
research and service.