The driving vision behind ADEC is the extension of educational content and opportunity beyond the traditional boundaries of university walls. ADEC members serve not only on-campus students, but also lifelong learners; broader domestic and international communities; under-served populations; and even K–12 schools and corporations.
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 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.
The consortium draws on the best and most effective subject matter specialists and information resources to share knowledge and content with learners. ADEC programming is offered locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, and it is characterized by the following guiding principles:
ADEC members seek to meet local, state, national, and international demands through the provision of distance education opportunities. ADEC places equal emphasis on each of the traditional land grant imperatives: teaching, research, and service. ADEC is designed to serve diverse audiences using a variety of online communications tools, which help member institutions interact with learners domestically and internationally.