The New Century Learning Consortium is the latest of a long series of inter-institutional online collaborations at UIS. The NCLC was established by UIS on a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. UIS leads ten other institutions: University of Southern Maine, Southern Oregon University, Cal State at Eastbay, Louisiana Tech University, Oakland University, Hampton University, Sam Houston State University, the University of Minnesota Crookston, SUNY Empire State College and Chicago State University in developing online programs and initiatives. There is an emphasis on pursuing forward-thinking initiatives that lead higher education to move beyond the physical, geographically-limited, campus-based box and experiment with finding new ways to utilize online technologies to more effectively and more efficiently teach, learn, and serve.
Long-standing online collaborations with Chicago State University, North Eastern Illinois University, Lesley University, and others have enabled UIS to expand diversity through team-taught online classes.