Founded in 1995, Global Alliance for Transnational Education®, Ltd. is an alliance of businesses, educators, quality-assurance agencies, governments, and intergovernmental organizations that nurtures and sustains communication among education and training leaders worldwide. The organization's objectives are to develop and promulgate principles of good practice and accrediting quality transnational education programs; explore issues facing educational institutions in a global marketplace; provide a forum for corporations, governmental and intergovernmental entities, and educational associations and institutions to discuss education and training issues; access global information about educational systems and trends in technology-driven education; and ensure that transnational education standards keep pace with technological change.

On August 12, 2003, Jones International transferred GATE to the United States Distance Learning Association.