Several years ago the Iowa Coordinating Council for Post High School Education (CCPHSE) established the Advisory Committee on Distance Learning. In a general sense, the Advisory Committee's mission is to look at distance learning in Iowa from a broad, future-oriented perspective. They are also charged with assessing, evaluating, and communicating to the education community, through the CCPHSE, the needs of groups in Iowa that represent the greatest markets for distance learning.
Specifically, the Advisory Committee was given the task to oversee the development of a central, Web-based catalog of Iowa distance learning resources.
Early in the process, Iowa Public Television (IPTV) was identified as an organization that had the capabilities to develop this Web-based catalog. Currently IPTV hosts and works on the design of the site. The Advisory Committee is also fostering collaboration on this site with other groups addressing related issues in Iowa. These groups include, but are not limited to, the Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
Educational Institutions participating in this catalog include public and independent colleges and universities in Iowa.