Today the LDS church announced the creation of a new church-wide Higher Education Online Organization called BYU-PATHWAY WORLDWIDE.
"Pathway is a bridge into the world of online college education and a pathway to opportunities to a successful livelihood."
- Deiter F. Uchtdorf

Here are the major points that were made during today's historic announcement:
  • The current acting President of BYU-Idaho Dr. Clark G. Gilbert will lead BYU PATHWAY WORLDWIDE, starting on April 10th, 2017.
  • Elder Dallin H. Oaks announced that Henry J. Eyring, currently the academic vice president of Brigham Young University–Idaho, will become the new BYU-Idaho president beginning April 10, 2017
  • Pathway combines online learning and gathering at a local meetinghouse or institute for religious education and for academic discussions.
  • Students take one religious class and one academic class each semester and the program is three semesters long.
  • Pathway partners with other CES institutions for classes and programs, currently BYU-Idaho and local Institutes of Religion.
  • The program does not require Ecclesiastical Endorsement to participate.
  • The program is low cost.  In the US it is $69/credit hour.  Tuition is tied to the income level of individual countries.  For example, in Ghana, tuition is around $10/credit hour.
  • If you maintain a B average in your first year of Pathway coursework, they waive all academic requirements for entrance into the online Certificate and Degree programs. That means no ACT score, GPA, or even High School diploma is required.
  • The headquarters for BYU-PATHWAY WORLDWIDE will be in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • BYU-PATHWAY WORLDWIDE will not seek institutional accreditation. Programs it offers will be accredited through CES Institutions which have already institutional accreditation.
"Pathway inspires increased hope and faith in the Lord and opens up new opportunities in higher education to learn by study and by faith."  - Deiter F. Uchtdorf

"Part of this miracle that happens is when the Pathway students understand that there is a relationship between their faith and the expectation the Lord has for them to become educated." - Clark G. Gilbert

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