Internet Course Exchange (ICE)

Resources : Getting Started

Level of Participation

Each member institution chooses how they participate in WICHE ICE.  If the institution first puts into place the systems for importing courses, the system for exporting course falls simply into place.  To take the best advantage of ICE, develop a strategic plan (Course Offering Plan) for several terms that identifies which courses and how many seats you want to import and export.  Here are some questions to consider:

Importing course as the enrolling institution:

  1. For which online courses does your demand exceed capacity? (You could reserve seats in a course at another institution and offer two sections—one you teach and one taught by an ICE partner.)
  2. Do you have student demand for course that you offer on campus but not online?
  3. Do you have a faculty member who teaches online that cannot teach in an upcoming semester because of illness or a sabbatical?
  4. Would it meet urgent workforce needs for you to partner with other WICHE ICE member institutions to create an online certificate or degree program?

 Exporting Courses as the teaching institutions: 

  1. Do you have some high quality courses with extra capacity?
  2. Do you have a faculty member with unique expertise who could offer another section of a specialty course if it could be offered through ICE?
  3. Do you have an online program that could be of benefit to other institutions who do not currently have funds for online course or program development?

Setting the cost of courses offered via ICE

There is flexibility in determining the cost of a course.  The Teaching Institution posts the cost of the course in WICHE ICE.  The cost may include any required fees set by the Teaching Institution.  An institution should keep in mind what the market will bear when setting the cost of a course.  The Enrolling Institution knows they will pay the cost listed in WICHE ICE and sets the costs they will charge students.  An institution may add on any fees needed to cover administrative cost or decrease the amount charged students using supplemental or grant funds.