UND forms ‘Office of Extended Learning’ to serve next generations of students
UND forms ‘Office of Extended Learning’ to serve next generations of students (list of graduates and hometowns included downpage)
As a result of an ongoing realignment process to embrace efficiencies and better serve the public, the University of North Dakota has formed an Office of Extended Learning.
The Office will be located within the Division of Academic Affairs.
The Office of Extended Learning will be responsible for two critical functions of UND: online and distance education for academic credit, and programs of instruction that do not generate academic credit. Lynette Krenelka, currently, director of lifelong learning/professional development for UND Outreach Programs, will lead the unit and will report to the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has extensive experience in working with all the components of the Office of Extended Learning,
Formation of the unit completes UND President Robert Kelley's goal of coordinating all instruction for academic credit within the Academic Affairs division. The close cooperation with the noncredit instruction will enable the unit to maintain economies of scale and to employ best practices in the administration of both types of programs.
UND is nationally recognized for the quality and breadth of its online and distance courses and degree programs and for the excellence of the student support services provided to students who are enrolled in those courses. The realignment under Academic Affairs facilitates an ongoing transformation in higher education in which the delivery method of instruction is less significant than the integration of all instruction to best serve the needs of the next generations of students.
The noncredit instruction in the Office of Extended Learning includes the successful programs of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), educator's workshops, professional services (including conferences), noncredit courses and certificates, and summer programs and events.
These programs connect UND to a broad community of lifelong learners, particularly among UND alumni and North Dakota citizens.