April 11, 2011
Writer: Writer: Colby Flint

Brigham Young University-Idaho will offer a way for high school students to gain early college experience and credit beginning Fall Semester 2011. Initially, five online courses will be available as part of a new concurrent enrollment program, which allows students to get high school and university credit for courses simultaneously.

 “This new opportunity will allow high school students to take advantage of university educational opportunities before they step foot on campus,” said Jason Meldrum, Online Degrees manager. “The online concurrent enrollment program is another step in fulfilling BYU-Idaho’s three imperatives: serve more students, lower costs, and increase the quality of education.”

The new program targets high school juniors and seniors who feel prepared to begin taking college courses, especially those who plan to attend BYU-Idaho as full-time students in the future.

“The number of Latter-day Saints graduating from high school is projected to spike dramatically in the next several years,” said Bryan Pope, Student Services and Outreach manager. “This program will allow us to use our resources more efficiently over that time, as we help students graduate faster.”

In addition to counting as BYU-Idaho credits, the online courses may count concurrently for high school credit. Although BYU-Idaho is working with local high schools to make enrollment as easy as possible, it is the students’ responsibility to verify whether the courses count for credit at their high school.

To enroll for courses, students must receive an ecclesiastical endorsement and then apply online at besmart.com. More information about the program can also be found at www.byui.edu/online.