August 31, 2017
Since the announcement of BYU-Pathway Worldwide in February, students have been excited about what the new organization will mean for them. Many have wondered how it will impact their education, and others have asked whether it is any different at all.
Here are five things you should know about BYU-Pathway Worldwide:
1. Pathway (the program) has changed names to PathwayConnect
The creation of BYU-Pathway Worldwide has prompted a name change for the three-semester Pathway program to avoid confusion between the two. The three-semester program is now called PathwayConnect. This change preserves the hope and opportunity Pathway has been known for. It also indicates a connection to online certificates and degrees available through BYU-Pathway Worldwide.
2. There’s more to BYU-Pathway Worldwide than just PathwayConnect
In addition to offering PathwayConnect, BYU-Pathway Worldwide will also be the single point of entry to online certificates and degrees offered to non-resident students1 within the Church Educational System (CES).
The certificates and degrees offered online through BYU-Pathway Worldwide will be granted from Brigham Young University-Idaho. However, all schools within the Church Educational System will help contribute individual courses and curriculum offered online through BYU-Pathway Worldwide. Students who wish to attend the campuses of BYU, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, or LDS Business College may apply separately to those institutions and must adhere to their individual admission standards.
3. Seamless support and advising for students
Historically, PathwayConnect has been administered in a separate system from BYU-Idaho’s online certificates and degrees and has had dedicated support and advising teams, course registration procedures, and more. This has meant that when PathwayConnect students matriculate to a BYU-Idaho online program, they’ve had to learn entirely new processes and systems.
But with the creation of BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the transition from PathwayConnect to an online certificate or degree program will eventually be seamless: one place to go for support, one place to go for course registration, one place for everything — from the first day until graduation day.
4. Collaboration with other Church programs and departments
BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s full-time employees are in the process of moving themselves and their families from Rexburg, Idaho, to Salt Lake City, which is the new headquarters for BYU-Pathway Worldwide. Why? Because being in Salt Lake City means BYU-Pathway administrators will be able to work more closely with Self-Reliance Services (SRS), the Church Missionary Department, Seminaries and Institutes, as well as Church leadership.
These close connections will help BYU-Pathway grow and evolve in a more strategic and focused manner, ultimately providing more meaningful opportunities to Church members throughout the world. BYU-Pathway Worldwide will also continue to work closely with BYU-Idaho for the creation of curriculum and online programs.
5. A way to grow spiritually, academically, and professionally
Every college and university in the Church Educational System offers a unique opportunity to earn more than just a certificate or degree, and BYU-Pathway Worldwide is no different. As students participate in gospel-based education, they will learn doctrines and skills that will help them get better jobs, serve their families and communities, and deepen their testimonies of Jesus Christ.
^ A “non-resident student” is any individual pursing a certificate or degree online. A “resident student” is an individual pursuing a degree on a physical campus.