Brigham Young University-Pathway Worldwide is turning heads in the world of online education and technology six months after it was created.
The BYU-Pathway program, specifically PathwayConnect, was recently featured in an in-depth article by The Chronicle of Higher Education, highlighting its innovations and painting the program as a model of online education.
"At a time when colleges of all stripes are expanding online to meet the needs of a diversifying student population, PathwayConnect is a model worth paying attention to," Goldie Blumenstyk wrote in the article. "Several features of the program could make it relevant — and, in some form, adaptable — to other institutions, religious or not."
PathwayConnect is so affordable because it uses BYU-Idaho's adjunct instructors and saves money on marketing and recruiting by word of mouth through the nearly 16 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Blumenstyk wrote.
"In the United States, that adds up to just over $8,100 for the 120 credits needed for a bachelor’s degree, half the price of traditional BYU-Idaho," the author wrote. "That’s a striking bargain in a world where many political figures still openly dream of creating a $10,000 degree."
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BYU-Pathway Worldwide is under the direction of former BYU-Idaho President Clark Gilbert. It was created in February to give students an opportunity for a college education and religious instruction online, the Deseret News reported.
The Deseret News explained BYU Pathway in a series of graphics a few weeks after it was announced.
Learn more about Pathway at pathway.lds.org.