Extended University Distance Education Programs and Services

Jerónimo C. Domínguez, Vice Provost
The University of New Mexico
Extended University– Distance Education Programs and Services
1800 Sigma Chi NE MSC03 2190
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(800) 345-1807


UNM Extended University was established in the fall of 1999 to coordinate the institution’s distance education mission. This mission is pursued in close cooperation with the University of New Mexico’s four branches, as well as selected community colleges and learning centers, forming a partnership that yields significant opportunities for students. Branches are responsible for lower-division curriculum leading to a wide array of associate’s degrees. Extended University expands upon these efforts by creating the path for students to attain selected University of New Mexico-affiliated bachelor’s and advanced degrees through delivery of upper-division and graduate-level programming. This programming is offered in a variety of instructional formats, including online, interactive television, classroom, and correspondence.

UNM Extended University maintains statewide education centers. These centers serve as a focal point for recruitment, student support services, and delivery of instruction. The centers function as “receive sites” for classes broadcast by interactive television and, further, serve as liaisons with the University of New Mexico main campus online and correspondence programs. Classes at some education centers are in traditional classroom formats, providing a direct face-to-face experience between students and the instructor. Education center staff work vigorously to assure the success of students by providing a host of essential services, including admissions, registration, academic advising, bursar, etc. These services are provided either directly or through coordination with appropriate main campus offices.

The University of New Mexico Statewide Education Centers

Clovis – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
(575) 799-1115
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email:  clovis@unm.edu

Gallup – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Located at the UNM Gallup Branch Campus
200 College Road
Gallup, NM 87301
(505) 863-7618 FAX: (505) 863-7564
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email:  gallup@unm.edu

Hobbs – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Located at the New Mexico Junior College
1 Thunderbird Circle
University Center, Room 232
Hobbs, NM 88240
(575) 799-1115
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email:  hobbs@unm.edu

Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB)
Kirtland AFB Education Center
1900 Wyoming Blvd. SE, Room 105
Albuquerque, NM 87117-5604
(505) 260-1354 FAX: (505) 255-0449
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email:  kafb@unm.edu

Los Alamos – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Located at the Los Alamos Branch
4000 University Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 662-0335 FAX: (505) 662-0344
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email:  labgp@unm.edu

San Juan Center – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Mailing address:
4601 College Blvd.
Farmington, NM 87402-4609
Physical address:
30th Street Center Annex
3539 E. 30th, 2nd Floor
(505) 566-3480 FAX: (505) 566-3482
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email: unmsjc@unm.edu

Santa Fe – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Located at the Santa Fe Community College
Higher Education Center
6401 Richards Avenue
West Wing, Room 305-A
Santa Fe, NM 87508
(505) 428-1220
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email: santafe@unm.edu

Taos – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Physical Address:
246-B Ledoux St.
Taos, NM
Mailing Address:
UNM Taos Branch
1157 County Road 110
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
(575) 758-2828 FAX: (575) 758-4076
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email: taosbgp@unm.edu

Tucumcari – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Located at Mesalands Community College
911 South Tenth Street
Building A, Room 112
Tucumcari, NM 88401
(575) 799-1115
Web Address:  http://statewide.unm.edu
Email: tucumcari@unm.edu

Valencia – Bachelor and Graduate Programs
Located at the Valencia Branch
280 La Entrada
Student Community Center, 2nd Floor
Los Lunas, NM 87031-7633
(505) 925-8970 FAX: (505) 925-8972
Web Address: http://statewide.unm.edu
Email: valbgp@unm.edu

Extended University – Distance Education Delivery Formats/Services

Classroom courses use traditional teaching and learning methods, and are offered in a limited capacity at various educational centers around the state. Students can survey course offerings by visiting the Extended University Web site and selecting the Statewide Education Center nearest to them. Highly qualified UNM faculty provide vibrant student experiences in courses whose topics often have a local emphasis. Centers also offer an array of student support services, including advisement, financial aid, registration, and admissions.

Interactive television (ITV) courses expand the possibilities for students who pursue their studies in remote locations. Through broadcast technology, classes offered at main campus are transmitted simultaneously for viewing at other places. As such, these classes are usually taught by regular main campus faculty and received at Extended University field centers, as well as other sites. Communication between remote students and the instructor is facilitated by interactive videoconferencing. Remote students use the same class materials, including syllabi, assignments and class notes as their main campus counterparts. Homework is exchanged either online or via courier operating between main campus and Extended University field centers. Exams are proctored at the classroom site. Videoconferencing brings the knowledge and expertise of main campus faculty to the far corners of the state, providing access to high quality courses. For information on interactive television classes, call (505) 277-8821 or (800) 289-4617 or visit the Extended University Web site.

Online courses offer a flexible, highly interactive way to take courses in a wide range of programs and subject areas. By using a computer with Internet access, students can take classes taught by regular UNM faculty on a standard semester basis. Online courses provide diverse interactions with classmates and instructors, and use the same rigorous materials as their classroom counterparts, while providing greater freedom in choosing when and where learning will take place. For more information on classes offered online, call (505) 277-8128 or toll free (866) 869-6040, or visit the Extended University Web site.

Correspondence courses offer students a flexible, convenient alternative to earn college credit for those who cannot attend regular classes. In addition, they provide an opportunity for all UNM students located anywhere to add to their credit hours in their degree programs. Lower and upper-division courses spanning a wide range of disciplines are available for registration. Many degrees allow, with some restrictions, up to 30 credit hours of correspondence courses to be applied toward graduation. Students can register for correspondence courses throughout most of each term. For information and a list of available Correspondence courses, students should visit the Extended University Web site or contact the Correspondence Office at 505-277-1604 or toll free (877) 567-9089.

Extension Credit courses are designed to provide UNM academic undergraduate and graduate non degree college credit for people not regularly admitted to UNM. Students in a regular admission status at UNM are not eligible for these courses. Students taking extension credit courses will be admitted to UNM as “non degree extension” students and have access to University resources through LoboWeb. If an Extension Credit student is admitted later to UNM in a regular admissions status, Extension Credit courses may apply toward UNM degree program requirements, but students should consult with the degree program department to determine any restrictions. A per credit fee is associated with these courses and may vary depending on the course. Some courses may carry additional fees for supplies and services. If an organization would like to sponsor courses for college credit through a specific university college or department, contact (505) 277-1154 or extncred@unm.edu. You may also visit the Extension Credit Web site.

New Media and Extended Learning (NMEL) is located in Woodward Hall and provides technical and professional services to the campus community and statewide. There are three primary units at NMEL: Student and Course Services, Faculty Services, and IT Services. Student and Course Services provides online student enrollment and advising support as well as support for course scheduling and other administrative functions associated with online course delivery. The Faculty Services unit provides instructional design, training, and course development assistance to faculty offering online courses. IT Services supports the enterprise learning management system for the university, related media, lecture capture and web conferencing, and interactive video conferencing systems used in the delivery of distance education. IT Services also has a production unit that houses a fully operational production studio and has video editing capabilities. For more information, contact NMEL, Woodward Hall 157, MSC03 2190, (505) 277-5765, or for the most current information, visit the NMEL Web site.

Evening and Weekend Programs offer a wide array of undergraduate and graduate courses beginning at 5:00 p.m. or later catering to nontraditional students who work fulltime during the day. Many degrees programs may be completed entirely in the evening or on the weekend. Full semester evening classes meet twice a week or once a week, providing the student with more flexibility in scheduling classes.  For more information contact evening@unm.edu or visit the Evening and Weekend Programs Web site.

Intersession / Late Starting Classes usually run starting the day after Fall finals and commencing on the Friday before Spring Semester starts. It is a way for students to advance their academic goals quickly in an intensive, concentrated schedule that earns them more credits in the Fall semester. It is also a way for students to add another class to their Fall schedule to fulfill financial aid or scholarship requirements.  The course offerings focus on University core courses and upper division electives.  For more information contact intersession@unm.edu or visit the Intercession / Late Starting Courses Web site.

Summer Session at UNM is an immersive, rewarding learning experience that allows students to get ahead or catch up on degree requirements. Session lasts for 8 weeks during the month of June and July. Summer offers flexibility to the student by offering face to face, online, and correspondence classes.  For more information contact mysummer@unm.edu or visit the Summer Session Web site.

Testing Center provides students, faculty, staff and community members with information and access to standardized testing. The Testing Center also administers national, state and local standardized examinations. Call (505) 277-5346 or e-mail testctr@unm.edu for details.

For complete information on all Extended University centers, programs and services, visit the Extended University Web site or email at st8wide@unm.edu.

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MSC 11 6325
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-8900
Fax: (505) 277-6809