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Vice Provost of Extended Learning

Monica Orozco, Ph.D.


Dr. Monica J. Orozco Obando and Louie Lobo in graduation gownsWelcome to Extended Learning at the University of New Mexico!  Whether you are interested in taking online classes, continuing education classes, or pursuing a full degree from a distance, we have something for you.  

Our team works hard to continually increase the number of programs available and to continually improve our support of both students and faculty.  Please take a look around our site to learn more about our offerings and then reach out to us so that we can help you meet your educational goals.


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Dr. Monica J. Orozco Obando

Mission and Vision Statement

Extended Learning facilitates delivery of UNM courses & degree programs, professional development, and lifelong learning to students across New Mexico and beyond.

Extended Learning encompasses Continuing Education (non-credit, public programming) and Extended University (UNM credit courses and degree programs delivered statewide and beyond with distance education technologies). Extended Learning also manages contracts for the state of New Mexico in the areas of early childhood and transportation.

In any given semester, approximately 25% of UNM credit students are taking at least one online course.  Extended Learning’s non-credit, continuing education programs serve over 10,000 community members annually across all age groups.

UNM Online Students Say…

“I am studying abroad this semester and will be taking the course from Rome.”

“I travel quite a bit with work so taking this course online is a great option for me!”

“I am very pleased with the on-line learning environment. This is my first time taking an on-line course, and I am completely loving it - the ease of checking in on my time, all the materials there to be a constant reminder and reference. I am just thrilled.”