The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Board of Education has given permission to BYU-Idaho and Institutes of Religion to start new online courses called Pathway at institute buildings.
The courses offered include regular BYU-I online classes plus a religion class at select institute buildings.
“Each institute building will act as a gathering place for various student-led course discussion and assignment activities. Students enrolled in the Pathway Program online courses will also be required to enroll in a local Institute course,” according to www.byui.edu/pathway.
The cost of this program will be $65 per credit, and it is designed to help students achieve a general studies online degree.
The Pathway Program is set in a four-level approach and outlined on the Pathway website.
Each level of courses will help encourage students to succeed both academically and spiritually.
The first level of study will involve weekly gro gatherings and will be facilitated by service missionaries.
During these gro meetings, students will have the opportunity to discuss and do various assignment activities. In this level, students may earn 15 credit hours.
In the second level of study, students are eligible for Pell Grants and are considered for financial aid. In this level, students can accumulate 26 to 30 credit hours and earn a professional certificate, which is marketable and can lead to future employment.
In the third level, students progress to an online associate’s degree at their own pace and can accumulate 60
In the fourth level, students have the option of continuing their education to receive a bachelor’s degree, either online or transferring to a local university or coming to Rexburg. In this level, students can accumulate 120 credit hours. For additional information, visit www.byui.edu/pathway.