Engaging minds—encouraging success
This is a wonderful time to be guiding the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) academic outreach effort well into its second 100 years of service to the people of Colorado. We are building on a bold, pioneering path of success and creating new exciting outreach initiatives to serve the needs of the greater Greeley community, the Northern Colorado region, the state and even beyond our national borders.
UNC was founded to serve a pressing need in Colorado. As teacher scholars, we are now educational leaders with an outreach history dating back to 1889, serving the needs of the state in preparing teachers for our public schools. Today that mission is greatly expanded but as a public research university, we remain true to our values and core mission of ultimately serving the talent needs of employers, professional development needs of individuals, economic development needs of communities and the health and well being of society overall.
The goal of the Division of Continuing Education and Academic Outreach is to support the highest quality instruction for our students, no matter where they are located. We do this through specialized units that:
- support our faculty in adopting new pedagogies to enhance teaching effectiveness (CETL – Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning);
- support faculty in designing and developing online courses (IDD – Instructional Design and Development; and
- extend our educational opportunities to students at a variety of Colorado locations and to students around the world via online delivery (Extended Studies).
First and foremost, we are committed to academic and instructional quality. Learners can be assured that any program offered through the Extended Studies at UNC is developed by and taught by superbly prepared UNC faculty and reflects the highest quality standards in the discipline.
Our mission is fulfilled by a dedicated faculty and committed staff who are inspired daily by our students. I hope that you share our pride in our students and graduates and consider the opportunity to continue your education!
Patricia A. Book, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Continuing Education and