e-Learning Consortium: Distance Minnesota

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Quick Glance
Formed 2004
Located Perham, MN
Employees 4 FTE
Agency Contact Becky Lindseth
Online consortium system director
Sponsor Joint Council of Presidents
More Information Website


The mission of Distance Minnesota is to provide a satisfying, effective and affordable online college experience. Distance Minnesota exists to:

  • Engage members in creating the online college experience desired by learners.
  • Cultivate communities of practice.
  • Reach out to prospective learners.
  • Aggregate learner needs.
  • Connect institutional systems.
  • Sustain relationships with online majors.
  • Augment campus services.
  • Foster access to online courses.
  • Encourage academic articulation.
  • Enhance learner success.
  • Contain costs.
  • Increase institutional capabilities.


Distance Minnesota is an online higher education consortium that members direct. Three 2-year colleges and a university partner comprise the current membership:

  • Alexandria Technical Community College.
  • Northland Community and Technical College.
  • and Northwest Technical College.
  • Bemidji State University.

Through Distance Minnesota, these accredited Minnesota State Colleges and Universities members offer an extensive online learning pathway that includes certificate, diploma, 2-year associate degree and baccalaureate degree completion options. The membership led the way in establishing the first accredited online degree in Minnesota (1999).

Distance Minnesota is governed by the Joint Council of Presidents. The member institution presidents address the Distance Minnesota vision, strategic planning, membership and system structures. A Management Council oversees integration planning and operations management. members include chief academic officers from all member institutions, designated chief financial officer, chief information officer, academic and student deans, a registrar, a system office staff member, and other close associates. A Scheduling team coordinates academic and student affairs processes including course scheduling and the faculty development program.

Today the membership delivers more than 36,000 credits of online coursework to over 12,000 enrollees annually.


Distance Minnesota services include:

  • Direct services to students.
  • Digital outreach.
  • E-Advising.
  • Military credit transfer.
  • Faculty support services.
  • Administrative assistance.
  • Partnership development.

Initiatives & Interests

Distance Minnesota initiatives/interests include:

  • Seamless online education pathways from high school to 2-year programs and degrees to 4-year or baccalaureate degrees.
  • Credit for prior learning.
  • E-Advising.
  • Improving college readiness with self-directed learning labs with NROC curriculum.
  • Support programs for special populations - first generation college students; veterans, service members and their families; transfer students.
  • State authorization through SARA.

Organizational Documents

Strategic Plans: Information about Distance Minnesota is available at the consortium website in the About Us section.