The University of New Mexico is the leading institution of higher education in the area of online and distance learning. UNM Online continues to expand the number of courses, degrees and programs it offers through its various campuses. The New Mexico Learning Network provides a catalog of online courses to state residents through the Higher Education Online Learning Clearinghouse. Starting in 2007, the Innovative Digital Education and Learning (IDEAL-NM) project was founded to further the development of online training opportunities for government employees, however K-12 virtual learning initiatives are still in the beginning stages and in great need of funding. In 2013, a total of six colleges in the state offered online courses, degrees or certificate programs, including: Central New Mexico Community College, New Mexico Junior College and Santa Fe Community College.
An unfortunate lack of state funding is a primary concern for New Mexico, since state spending between the years of 2006 and 2011 dipped largely by 16.3%. This might account partially for the increase in tuition cost of 34.5% for four-year public institutions during the same timeframe. Despite this growing financial burden that typically falls upon students, enrollment has increased by 12.4%. For those students already enrolled in higher education, the outlook is positive; the retention rate for New Mexico is a sturdy 71.8%, with the graduation rate above 40%.
Learn more about online distance education opportunities in the state of New Mexico by perusing our comprehensive database which indexes each state’s top online programs, degrees and courses. You can also use the State Facts page to compare New Mexico to other US higher education options.