Welcome to the Pathway Fireside • Among you or your friends that have not gone to college, what do you thinkare the top three reasons for not going?
The Importance of Education “For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment.” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign, October 2009.
Importance of Education cont’d 2011 Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life National Survey The Pew study concluded that this tendency toward faithfulness as education increases is not common among other religious groups, making education particularly relevant to Latter-day Saints.1 1http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Religious_Affiliation/Christian/Mormon/Mormons%20in%20America.pdf
Laying the Foundation “…we must also find ways for this college to serve young people whose needs are shaped by a great variety of cultures and situations, and who may not be able to come to this campus…we will find direct ways to move the blessings of education—the struggle for perfection—from this campus out into the lives of men and women everywhere.” President Henry B. Eyring, Inaugural Response, December 1971.
Laying the Foundation • “…reaching out to bless the lives of tens of thousands of young Latter-day Saints throughout the world. We must learn to assist and bless institute students and other LDS youth in Rhode Island and Rome while effectively serving our students on campus in Rexburg.” • President David A. Bednar, Inaugural Response, February 1998.
Laying the Foundation • “…we will find new ways to use informationtechnology to reach more students and to deepen the learning experience of those we touch. In a day not far from now, we will be able to break down the barriers of time and space and…create outstanding, interactive educational experiences. In these experiences students will teach one another in new and powerful ways.” • President Kim B. Clark, Inaugural Response, October 2005.
What is Pathway? • BYU–Idaho and Seminaries & Institutes have partnered to provideaccess to a flexible, low-cost Church-based education. • BYU–Idaho courses online • Online Instructors • Institute classes • Weekly gathering • Mission couple support
Key Aspects of the Pathway Program • Gathering at the Institute or local meetinghouse • Significantly reduced tuition costs • Church missionaries • Academic Start (low barriers of entry)
Pathway Map • 55 sites in the US & 10 International locations United States International ACCRA PUEBLA
Pathway Locations Moses Lake (2012) Pasco (2011) Spokane (2011) Tacoma (2010) Brazil Sorocaba (2012) Ghana Accra (2011) Accra (2012) Mexico Merida (2012) Monterrey (2012) Mexico City (2011) Mexico City (2012) Oaxaca (2012) Puebla (2012) Peru Lima (2012) Alaska Anchorage (2011) Arizona Glendale (2010) Mesa (2010) Phoenix (20) Tucson (2010) California Chula Vista (2011) Gardena (2010) Glendora (2012) Huntington Beach (2011) Northridge (2011) Riverside (2011) San Diego – Grossmont(2011) San Diego – CYA (2011) San Marcos (2012) Santa Maria (2012) Victorville (2012) Colorado Colorado Springs (2012) Littleton (2012) Connecticut Hartford (2012) New Haven (2011) Idaho Boise (2010) Coeur d’Alene (2012) Idaho Falls (2012) Nampa (2009) Twin Falls (2012) Massachusetts Boston (2012) Cambridge (2012) Hingham (2011) Lowell (2012) New Hampshire Concord (2012) New Jersey Maplewood (2010) New York Manhattan (2009) Newburgh (2010) Illinois Chicago (2012) Schaumburg (2012) Oregon Gresham (2012) Ontario (2010) Portland (2012) Rhode Island Providence (2012) Texas Arlington (2012) Allen (2012) Denton (2012) Edinburgh (2012) Houston (2012) San Antonio (2012) Utah Sandy (2012) Washington Auburn (2011) Bellingham (2012) Cheney (2012)
Pathway Program Student Profile • 18 to 30 years old (30+ program in some locations) • Has daily access to computer with high-speed internet • Comfortable using computer programs including the internet • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English* • Strives to live by BYU-Idaho’s Honor Code • Attends weekly gathering • Married or single • Member of the Church *Language proficiency assessment may be required for non-native English speakers.
How do the Online Classes Work? • Schedule • Each course is approximately 14 weeks long and has a start and end date tied to BYU-Idaho’s calendar • Highly Structured • Several activities and assignments are due throughout the week—it is critical that you watch due dates and plan properly • Online Instructors • Facilitate online discussions and provide weekly feedback through the online learning platform as well as via email • Time Commitment • It is recommended that you dedicate around 15 hoursper week working in the class
Thursday Night Gathering • Typical Class Schedule: • Institute class: 7 – 8:15 p.m. • Weekly reading/writing assignments • Pathway class: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Student-led discussions and structured group activities • Participation is at the heart of the Pathway experience.
The Pathway Program Bachelor’s Degree 120 credit hours Associate’s Degree Certificate 15 credit hours • Advancement • (matriculate) • Maintain “B” average during Academic Start • Complete full application for online associate’s degree including ecclesiastical endorsement. • Show Disciple Leadership qualities Academic Start 1st Semester (5 credits): GS 120 Pathway Life Skills Book of Mormon 2ndSemester (5 credits): ENG 106 Basic Writing BYU-I Online Religion Course 3rd Semester (5 credits): Math 100G Personal Finance Book of Mormon 1st year 15 credit hours 60 credit hours 1st year 15 credit hours Academic Start
Degree Options Bachelor Degrees: Business Management Web Design & Development University Studies Applied Management Health Care Administration Marriage & Family Studies Public Health Associate Degrees: Administrative Assistant Web Design & Development General Studies Medical Assisting Family History Research
Academic Support • How Do I Get Help with Coursework? • Online instructor • Other students in your Pathway group • Other students in your online class • Tutor Sessions • Pathway students can sign-up for FREE tutor sessions through BYU-Idaho’s website • Tutor sessions are available viaor , or through email
Pathway Missionaries Work with local leaders/Institute Directors to identify potential students Interview all potential students & submit applications Participate in gathering discussions as appropriate Monitor student progress and academic success Submit weekly updates, including attendance
Next Steps? • When can I apply? • June 1st at www.besmart.com • When is the application deadline? • August 1st • When are the start and end dates for Fall semester? • Monday, September 10 through Saturday, December 15 • First gathering Thursday, September 13 – every Thursday thereafter • When do I have to pay tuition? • Be prepared to pay tuition in full by the 1st day of class – Monday, September 10 • Invite friends/family to participate • Be sure to get Pathway missionary contact information • Where can I get more information? • www.byui.edu/pathway