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Administration Building 148 | (574) 520-4451 | registrar.iusb.edu

Northern Indiana Consortium for Education

IU South Bend is one of six institutions of postsecondary education in St. Joseph and Elkhart counties that are members of the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education (NICE). The purpose of the consortium is to share the library resources, faculty expertise, and academic strengths of the six institutions so that course opportunities available to students at member schools may be broadened. In addition to IU South Bend, the consortium includes Bethel, Goshen, Holy Cross, Ivy Tech Community (North Central), and Saint Mary’s colleges.

A student exchange program operates under the auspices of NICE and is open to formally admitted full-time undergraduate students (those enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework). Students cannot request a NICE course if the course is offered at the student’s home institution during the requested semester. Permission to take the guest institution’s course is granted on a seat-available basis.

IU South Bend students interested in taking courses at another NICE institution must obtain the approval of their academic advisor and complete the registration requirements established by the IU South Bend Office of the Registrar. IU South Bend fees are assessed for classes taken at other institutions. Laboratory fees are paid to the host school. No more than 6 credit hours may be taken through the consortium in a semester. No consortium classes may be taken in summer sessions.

Under a library resources agreement established by the six schools, students and faculty members at IU South Bend have access to the holdings of other libraries in the consortium without cost to the borrower.

Center for Distance Education (CDE)
Marianne Castano Bishop, Ed.D. | Director
Northside 233 | (574) 520-4543 | DLiusb@iusb.edu
distance.iusb.edu or online.iusb.edu

About Distance Education at IU South Bend

IU South Bend offers several distance education (DE) courses; including fully online and hybrid/blended courses for undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Admission to the university is required and tuition is the same for classes held on campus. Throughout the year, new courses are developed with several offered every semester.

Students already admitted to the university may go to OneStart to find distance education course listings. Course descriptions and requirements are posted by the instructor. On-campus attendance for hybrid/blended courses is usually included in the course description.

While there are clear deadlines to meet for each DE course (submitting assignments, taking exams, etc.), students have found it convenient to complete the assignments and course work in their free time.

Before registering for a DE course, students are encouraged to take the Student Readiness Survey found at https://www.iusb.edu/distance-learning/student-survey.php. The self-assessment is meant to help students understand what is required/expected of them as well as what they can expect from a DE course. 

Visit the Center for Distance Education website for up-to-date information about our programs and student information. 

Indiana College Network
Teresa Sheppard | Coordinator
Administration 128 | (574) 520-4116 | www.icn.org

About the Indiana College Network

The Indiana College Network (ICN) is a cooperative service of Indiana’s colleges and universities and their educational partners. It is operated by the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS), one of the nation’s foremost state educational technology organizations. IHETS was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1967, and under its guidance a statewide higher education leadership committee created the Indiana College Network in 1994, making ICN the first such virtual university consortium in the country. All members are accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) Higher Learning Commission. High school programs are accredited by NCA’s Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Through the ICN, Indiana colleges and universities work together to help students learn about and enroll in the wide range of programs and courses available at a distance. The ICN process has as its ultimate goal the transfer of courses from one institution to another. Distance learning provides a tremendous opportunity for those whose obligations or schedules prevent them from realizing their educational dreams. ICN member institutions are experienced in helping distant students. All pay close attention to assure that distant students receive quality instruction. They offer individual courses as well as complete certificate and degree programs for students from middle school, high school dual credit, undergraduate, graduate school, and beyond.

Any public or private university or college may be an ICN member. Those actively participating include Indiana State University, Indiana Tech, Indiana University and its regional campuses, IPFW, IUPUI, the various Ivy Tech Community College campuses, Purdue University, Taylor University Online, University of Southern Indiana, and Vincennes University.

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