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July 14, 2017

5 Ways the Church is Changing Education

The Church is making innovative changes to education that affect you

When PathwayConnect launched in 2009, it was designed to bring an innovative approach to education. Since then, the program has continued to benefit the lives of tens of thousands of students across the world.

With the announcement of BYU-Pathway Worldwide in February 2017, the Church is continuing to change higher education as we know it. Here are just five ways the Church Education System (CES) is transforming higher education.

1. Bringing Education to You!

BYU-Pathway Worldwide strives to reach more students around the world and provide them with the opportunity to get a high-quality, low-cost, and gospel-based education. In 2011, just two years after PathwayConnect’s initial launch, the program opened its first international locations in Mexico and Ghana.

With the creation of BYU-Pathway Worldwide as “a new Church-wide higher education online organization,” the organization is working tirelessly to increase access to education in every corner of the world.

PathwayConnect Leads to Degrees

BYU-Pathway Worldwide leads students from PathwayConnect directly to online degree programs from BYU-Idaho, as well as job-ready certificates.

2. Driving Down the Price of Higher Education

BYU-Pathway Worldwide provides educational opportunities to individuals who may not be able to afford it otherwise. That’s why its PathwayConnect program is just $73 per credit in the United States — and tuition is even lower in other countries.

After completing PathwayConnect’s three-semester curriculum, students who join a BYU-Idaho online degree program keep the same low-cost tuition rate they enjoyed during PathwayConnect. This means a student in the U.S. can earn their bachelor’s degree entirely online for less than $9,000. That’s five times less than the average tuition cost of most public universities.

3. Providing a Credible CES Degree in Your Own Home

Flexible Online Courses

Online course are designed to give students the flexibility to finish their degree online while balancing a busy life.

BYU-Pathway Worldwide makes getting a degree from a CES-accredited university available from your home! As students complete PathwayConnect, they are then eligible to begin an online degree program through BYU-Idaho to earn their bachelor’s degree.

BYU-Pathway students have the ability to schedule their schoolwork at a time that fits their busy schedule. Aside from the weekly gatherings for PathwayConnect, the online classes are completely flexible to fit better in your life.

4. Offering Stackable Degrees

BYU-Pathway Worldwide opens the door to stackable degrees, which allow students to choose from several different programs and earn three certificates, an associate degree, and a bachelor’s degree — all for the same cost and time as it would take to earn just a bachelor’s degree. This means you can take your education one step at a time. Courses taken for a certificate count toward complementary associate and bachelor’s degrees as students continue their education.

Stackable Degrees

For example, the 14-credit entrepreneurship certificate counts toward the 60-credit applied business management associate degree, which both count toward the complete 120-credit bachelor’s degree in applied business management.

5. Gathering with Students Near You!

BYU-Pathway Worldwide offers support to PathwayConnect students in your local area. Along with online courses, students gather at a local institute or church meetinghouse for face-to-face support and friendship. Service missionaries offer support and guidance to students throughout their educational journey.

PathwayConnect Gathering - Orem Utah

PathwayConnect students gather locally with their peers once a week while completing coursework online.

As a result of the weekly gathering, students are able to motivate, encourage, and help each other. The gatherings often become a second family for the students and become their favorite part of the program.

Apply Today!

If you are looking for a low-cost, flexible way to start or finish your higher education, then PathwayConnect is for you! Already have 15 or more previous CES credits? Join a BYU-Idaho online certificate and degree program, provided through BYU-Pathway Worldwide, today! Learn more or start your application today on our website!

Comments on "5 Ways the Church is Changing Education"

ethan Miller says:

PathwayConnect has been the best choice I made, and I finished. I have a strong and firm testimony that this program was inspired by the Lord. 🙂

Ubong Jonah says:

Please, what is the tuition fees for Nigerian pathway connect and degree and when is the program coming to Uyo, Nigeria?

Ubong Jonah says:

Is it accredited in Nigeria?

Breanne Su'a says:

Yes, PathwayConnect is approved for Nigeria.

Erwin Boiser says:

I’m from the Philippines. My schedule is very tight and I have been looking for more opportunities to grow academically. With BYU-Pathway, I got to enjoy the benefits of education and spiritual nourishment, plus I can get to my day job without any problem. This program is God-sent, and anybody who aspires for greater growth can benefit from its unique approach.

Felicita Myers says:

Who do you contact if you’d like to be an online instructor?

J.A. Bañez says:

Felicita, please refer to and follow the “online remote instructors” for any online instructor positions.

Zam says:

I am absolutely looking forward finishing PathwayConnect so I can study for a certificate that would help me get a promotion or a better job.

J.A. Bañez says:

We wish you the best of luck!

Borge Sorensen says:

Thank you for warmful welcome.
That is really an amazing brotherhood……
God bless all of you!!!!

KelliSue Montague-Kolz says:

And sisterhood 😉

Carmem Elizete da Cruz Viçosa says:

Muito obrigada convite conhecer a página..gostaria de aprender a língua inglesa.

Charles Patterson says:

Looks like a great idea. I have considered it in the past, but continue to get sidetracked by other priorities and needs.

J.A. Banez says:

Charles, PathwayConnect will be here whenever you decide to start continuing your education! Please visit to learn about admission requirements and how to apply to PathwayConnect!

Annie Salud-Mathis says:

This is an amazing opportunity. Such a great program, and I’m very happy for its International availability.

Penny Hardy says:

I wished they had a Program in the Bangor, Maine Area, so they wouldn’t have to drive 4 hours one way to the weekly meeting in another State.

Caleb Trujillo says:

That drive would be quite a burden. As I mentioned to Judy in this comment thread, you may consider showing local Church leadership This page introduces the program and its benefits to Church leaders and provides instructions to start the process of approving PathwayConnect in a new area. It may also be helpful to identify all the members in your area who would be interested in participating in PathwayConnect so that Church leaders can see the impact the program could have. Good luck!

Judy Whitfield says:

I live in a remote area of the South Pacific, The Republic of the Marshall Islands and would love to be an instrument in helping the members of the church here gain access to this program. What can I do? Who can I contact?

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is one of the fastest growing nations in the church, I would love to help here.

Caleb Trujillo says:

Hi Judy! We appreciate your enthusiasm for the program. A great first step would be to ensure that priesthood leaders know about the program and the benefits it could provide to Church members. We recommend that you show local stake/district leaders, which is specifically designed to introduce local Church leaders to the program. Within this information are instructions to start the process of approving PathwayConnect in a new area.

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