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New and Noteworthy

In 2022, BYU-Pathway participated in the inauguration of a new president and introduced new resources to improve the student experience


New president inaugurated

Brian K. Ashton was inaugurated as the second president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide on March 10, 2022. President Dallin H. Oaks and Elders Jeffrey R. Holland, D. Todd Christofferson, and Clark G. Gilbert participated; and students recorded music to create a worldwide choir.

I consider the creation of BYU-Pathway Worldwide to be the most important and most far-reaching development in the Church Educational System since the creation of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion over a century ago.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

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English learning for missionaries

In January 2022, EnglishConnect for Missionaries was launched in partnership with the Missionary Department. This program will provide English language learning opportunities to more than 20,000 young, full-time missionaries each year. Learning English can help missionaries as they serve and increase their opportunities for post-mission service, employment, and education — specifically through BYU-Pathway.

Needs-based tuition discount expansion

The Heber J. Grant Tuition Discount , previously only available during PathwayConnect, is now also available to online degree-seeking students ( learn more ). This has allowed more than 61,000 students serviced by BYU-Pathway who apply for the discount to receive 10, 25, or 50% off tuition (amount based on need).

Facilitating career development

BYU-Pathway began partnering with third-party staffing companies to connect its students with job opportunities . Additionally, BYU-Pathway is utilizing students as peer mentors to provide more personal support and employment opportunities so students can remain enrolled. The number of peer mentors increased from five in June 2022 to 501 by the end of 2022.

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Africa Central Area enrollment growth

The Africa Central Area has experienced incredible growth, from 379 students in 2019 to 1,828 in 2022. To open more opportunities to participate in BYU-Pathway, the percentage of students of other faiths allowed to enroll in each gathering group in this area was increased from 20% to 30%.

Implementation of instructional teams

An instructional team consists of an instructor and a team of graders. Dividing teaching and grading responsibilities allows instructors to foster deeper connections with students, provide a consistent grading experience between courses, and decrease the average wait time for grades and feedback. This update will help BYU-Pathway to scale to better serve its ever-growing student population.

Partnering for student success

In another effort to scale, Anthology, a new student information system (SIS) anticipated to be operational in 2024, will allow BYU-Pathway and its partners to better serve all online degree-seeking students. This SIS update will systemically unite institutions in the Church Educational System through streamlined data storage, services, and tools for online students.