In 2021, BYU-Pathway Worldwide welcomed a new president and developed more efficient ways to improve the student experience
New beginnings with a new president
On August 1, 2021, Brian K. Ashton became the
Extending our global reach
The total number of international students enrolled in online degree programs from BYU-Idaho or Ensign College, supported by BYU-Pathway, has grown 532% in the last five years (from 1,547 in 2016 to 9,782 in 2021). Contributing to this exponential growth is the number of international students who moved from PathwayConnect to an online degree program, which has grown 36% in the last year (from 3,747 in 2020 to 5,096 in 2021).
First-ever guaranteed scholarship
Students enrolled in foundational PathwayConnect courses are now eligible to receive a guaranteed 10, 25, or 50% tuition discount. The
Increasing efficiency with block courses
In 2022, BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s PathwayConnect began transitioning to a block format, with courses spanning just seven weeks instead of 14. Courses have been adjusted to ensure outcomes remain consistent without increasing student workloads. Certain certificate courses will also be piloted on a block schedule.
Certificate popularity continues
In 2021, a total of 4,533 certificates were awarded to students, nearly double the total from 2020 (2,495).
To increase affordability and scalability, BYU-Pathway has begun utilizing instructors from the Philippines to teach certain courses for international students. Additionally, grading assistants have been paired with instructors, which has resulted in faster grading and has allowed instructors to focus on teaching quality and student needs.
New partnerships, new opportunities
BYU-Pathway began offering online certificates and degrees from
Growing services for students
BYU-Pathway’s Success Network — mentors, missionaries, and instructors — expanded to serve second- and third-semester students in PathwayConnect. New portals use data analytics to sharpen outreach to the most at-risk students and strengthen retention. Mentors now also serve first-semester online degree-seeking students.