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Mission & History

Baylor Continuing Education seeks to further the university’s commitment to transformational education by providing lifelong personal enrichment and professional development opportunities to the local community and the wider network of Baylor alumni and friends. Together we are cultivating a habit and a hunger for learning in our communities.


1974 - 1980

The Division of Continuing Education was established in 1974. These "night classes at Baylor" offered degree programs to nontraditional students.

1980 - 2005

Dr. William Cooper was appointed Dean of Continuing Education in 1980. Baylor Continuing Education transitioned to offering noncredit programming for the local community. Dr. Robert T. Miller was appointed Dean of Continuing Education in 1987 when Dr. Cooper was appointed dean of Arts and Sciences. Annette Lindsey was appointed Director of Continuing Education in 1990, and she continued to develop and expand noncredit programming until 2005 when the program closed. Baylor Learning in Retirement (now Lifelong Learning) moved from Baylor Continuing Education at this time to the Baylor Alumni Association until 2013.

2016 - present

Gabriela Colmán was appointed Director of Continuing Education in 2016. Audrey Johnson, Theresa Hagan and Lindy Reamer joined staff later that year and together built the pilot semester of 20 noncredit courses that were offered during the spring of 2017. Baylor's Lifelong Learning program also returned to Baylor Continuing Education.