If you are a student at an institution that is a consortium client of ICE, you may find listed in your school’s catalog online courses that are being taught by an instructor at another consortium member institution. We call the school where you are currently enrolled your “home school” and the “Enrolling Institution” or EI. The school which is teaching the course is called the “Teaching Institution” or TI.
The way the Exchange works is that your institution’s ICE PIC will work with various departments on your campus and your registrar to determine student needs for online courses not currently being met by your school. Your ICE PIC will then look in the ICE Course Catalog for online courses offered by other ICE consortium institutions which may match those needs. If there are none listed, he will message ICE PICs at other schools requesting assistance. Once potential matches have been identified, your ICE PIC will present the courses for approval by the internal process your campus uses. If your institution has accepted this course previously for transfer credit and has already determined how it articulates to programs on your campus, then the approval may happen very quickly. If not, the process usually involves a review of the institution’s quality review process and then the course description, syllabus, and faculty credentials of the instructor teaching the course. This can take much longer—perhaps six months.
Once the course is approved, your ICE PIC will reserve seats in the course and request that your registrar list it in your school’s catalog. You can then register and pay for the course as you would any other offered by your institution which determines the cost of the tuition and fees.
Before you register, carefully review the start and end date for the course and other requirements of the Teaching Institution as they may differ from those of your home institution. Check with your advisor also to see if the course will articulate to your program. Once you complete the course, it will appear on your transcript as though you took it from your school. If you must drop the course or take an incomplete, the policies of the Teaching Institution apply. Again, work with your advisor to find out how this will affect your student record at your home school.
By participating in ICE, your institution is striving to meet your needs and those of other students like you by providing access to a broader array of high quality online courses than it can currently offer and do it in a way that makes it easy and more cost-effective for you.
If you would like more information about how ICE works at your institution, contact your school’s ICE PIC.