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Barbercheck to lead GPIDEA

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance has named Dr. Chelsea Barbercheck the new executive director.

Barbercheck comes from Boston University where she serves as director for BU’s BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) program, a National Institutes of Health funded initiative and part of a 17-school consortium.  Under her leadership, the program engages over 1,100 doctoral and postdoctoral trainees across two campuses as well as deans, senior faculty members, and local professionals in career development.  As a liaison between stakeholders, she coordinates advisory boards, the steering committee, program leadership, faculty, trainees, and consortium members. She directs collection and analysis of data on key performance indicators for the program, budget management and funding distribution accordingly.  Working across institutions, she developed innovative distance education opportunities. Prior to her work at Boston University, Barbercheck, a native of Southeast Kansas, was at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She earned her doctorate at Oklahoma State University in Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Genetics and her undergraduate from Southwestern College in Biology with a minor in Leadership Studies.

John Buckwalter, dean of the College of Human Ecology, shared, “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Barbercheck to the leadership role in the Alliance. Her work with graduate students, faculty, and university administration in graduate studies across multiple institutions as well as engaging in innovative online education are great assets in advancing the mission Great Plains IDEA.”

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is a consortium of distinguished, accredited universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength in faculty and curriculum to the multi-institution program. Students choose a home university where they apply, are admitted, register for courses, and receive their degree. Online courses are taught by the best faculty in each discipline from several universities. Students pay one common price per credit hour regardless of which university is their degree-granting institution.


This article was posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, and is filed under College News, Great Plains IDEA.