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E MPLOY E E NE W SL E T T E R AU G U S T 2013 Pathway and Online Learning undergo structural reorganization » By Caleb Trujillo In an effort to create a clearer distinction between Pathway functions and those involving matriculated, degree-seeking online students, BYU-Idaho has announced a structural reorganization for the Pathway and Online Learning areas. policies. For the Online Learning team, Young said its emphasis will shift to the online student’s total BYU-Idaho experience from the time he or she matriculates until graduation through an online program. “While some aspects of this experience will be unique Students interact at the Pathway site in Boston. In effect since early August, the change maintains the university’s ongoing commitment to Pathway and allows the program to become well positioned for future growth. The separation also allows Online Learning to develop a deeper program with more focus on students’ professional, spiritual, social, and academic experience. J.D. Griffith had previously managed Pathway, online degrees, and concurrent enrollment. In the reorganization, Griffith will have responsibility for Pathway only. Online degree programs will now be overseen by Alan Young in the Online Learning area. This restructure will allow those involved in Pathway to focus entirely on Academic Start, giving a complete dedication of time and effort to the program. Local Church leaders are also utilizing Pathway as a reactivation tool for lesser-active members. “Some Academic Start students are finding their way back into Church and educational activity. Being able to focus solely on Academic Start will allow us to strengthen the first-year experience,” said Griffith. Additionally, this distinction will allow Pathway to create Academic Start-specific rules, regulations and policies, without altering or affecting campus-based student to online, many will involve coordination and collaboration with organizations across the university,” Young added. Plans are in place to not only enhance the online students’ academic experience, but to also enhance social, spiritual, and professional growth. Online Learning could serve thousands more students in the future while finding ways to reduce the cost of education. Another area of focus involves a continued improvement of online courses and instructors. “The online courses and instructors continue to get better as we learn together. Many Pathway students matriculate and pursue online degrees through BYU-Idaho. There is a growing need for online instructors for these students. As we reach out to potential instructors we find there are many who have been prepared to make a difference in the lives of students,” Young said. Since its launch in 2009, Pathway has grown to more than 100 sites with current enrollment surpassing 4,000. Another 3,500 students are anticipated to begin Academic Start in September. AU G U S T 2 013 l1

News & Notes August 2013

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