The Vice Provost for Extended Learning leads the distance education and continuing education mission in a concerted effort to advance educational opportunities for all New Mexicans, in addition to reaching out regionally and internationally. The organization collaborates with Main and Branch campus academic units, statewide, to design, develop, and deliver degrees, certificates, and endorsements for New Mexico’s diverse community of learners. Extended Learning provides solutions for students who choose to take a course anytime, anyplace through degree completion programs that incorporate appropriate emerging distance education technologies. It also serves the community with professional development and personal enrichment offerings, both locally and in collaborative initiatives statewide. Extended Learning is presently serving the state as the major designee for the provision of early childhood services, working with both the Public Education Department and the Children, Youth and Families Department.
Dr. Orozco earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the College of Charleston. She earned her masters degree and Ph.D. in Instruction & Curriculum from the University of Florida. Her research, published in the American Journal of Distance Education Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks has focused on distance learning student success and faculty development. She is also an alumna of the Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning, which is offered by Penn State in collaboration with the Sloan Consortium.
Prior to coming to UNM, Dr. Orozco served as assistant provost for eLearning at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Previous to that position she was the director of Distance Learning and Outreach at Auburn University. Dr. Orozco has also previously held positions at Cape Fear Community College, SunGard Higher Education, and Florida State College at Jacksonville.