April 16, 2012
Writer: Andy Cargal
Beginning this fall, Brigham Young University-Idaho's Pathway program will expand to 26 additional locations for a total of 55 domestic and 10 international sites (see list at bottom of page).
Intended to be both affordable and accessible, Pathway offers BYU-Idaho courses online at a relatively low cost. All classes are conducted online, but Pathway students also gather in small groups at least weekly at their local Institute of Religion* building or church meetinghouse to work on course assignments and collaborate on educational activities. Volunteer missionary couples in each location donate their time to help these students and provide additional support.
"Historically, we've brought students from around the world to BYU-Idaho," said Rob Eaton, associate academic vice president for Academic Development. "Pathway, on the other hand, brings BYU-Idaho to the students — wherever they live. For those who can't come here or aren't ready to come, it can be a blessing."
With Pathway, students are eased into the challenges of higher education with a light load during their first year. The curriculum is designed to help students shore up basic skills that will prepare them to succeed in college and in life. "This is not self-paced online education that students do in isolation," said J.D. Griffith, Pathway & Online Programs managing director. "One of the biggest benefits of Pathway is that these students get to work very closely with one another. They develop a sense of camaraderie, helping each other to succeed. They get a true BYU-Idaho experience even though they are not on campus."
If students maintain a B average during this first preparatory year, they can then be officially admitted to BYU-Idaho and continue to earn certificates, associate, and even bachelor's degrees. Students can also transfer to other colleges at any time. "One of the greatest things about this program is that it helps students find their educational pathway, regardless of where they ultimately receive their degree," Eaton said.
For additional information, please visit www.byui.edu/pathway.
|Domestic Locations||International Locations|
|Mesa 1||Accra 2 (NEW)|
|Chula Vista||Mexico City 1|
|Gardena||Mexico City 2 (NEW)|
|San Diego – Grossmont|
|San Diego – Center for Young Adults|
|San Marcos (NEW)|
|Colorado Springs (NEW)|
|Idaho Falls (NEW)|
|San Antonio (NEW)|
|Moses Lake (NEW)|