BYU-Idaho Imperative no. 2
We must find ways to make a BYU–Idaho education available to many more young people in the Church.
More must be blessed with the preparation for life and work, for discipleship and leadership that is available at this institution.
Making BYU–Idaho’s unique educational experience available to more students is a great challenge; but through inspiration, innovation, and the following objectives we will reach far more than ever before:
- Implement a new, three semester academic calendar that more fully utilizes existing and new campus resources.
- Use the Internet to effectively deliver a BYU–Idaho educational experience.
- Increase scholarships and grants-in-aid.
These efforts play a significant role in ultimately achieving our goal to serve more students within our existing resources while raising the quality of their educational experience.
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The BYU–Idaho academic calendar is organized into three 14-week semesters. Classes are 60 minutes in length, with 15 minute breaks in between.
This calendar allows the university to operate year-round with three distinct semesters: Fall, Winter, and Summer. Each student is admitted to a track consisting of two semesters: Fall/Winter, Winter/Summer, or Summer/Fall.
The BYU–Idaho calendar and the Three Track System let us admit thousands of additional students each year.
But students must receive a full BYU–Idaho educational experience no matter what semester and track they are on.
To ensure that the three semesters are equivalent to one another, we will:
- Shape summer semester to equal fall and winter semesters in all respects, including enrollment.
- Ensure faculty release-time and other contractual options to facilitate the new academic calendar.
- Help faculty revise curriculum, materials, and workload to fit a new academic calendar and accommodate discussion-based learning.
Technology has a tremendous role to play in reaching more students and deepening the learning experience of those we touch.
We are bringing technology to bear on education in a far more pervasive and powerful way than we have ever done before.
The internet offers great opportunities to reach people and educate them in ways we otherwise could not. Most of those opportunities will take place through our Continuing Education effort, specifically the Bachelor of University Studies Online Degree program.
We are also using the internet on campus for day students through online and hybrid courses (those courses which blend in-class and online experiences). This use of technology intensifies the learning experience while opening classroom seats for additional students.
As we move forward, we will be able to break down the barriers of time and space, connecting students on internships or between semesters to the university and to each other.
This ability to effectively educate across time and space allows us to leverage the capacity of BYU–Idaho and reach many more young people. Therefore, the university will:
- Develop effective online courses by increasing faculty web instructional design competence and providing technological resources.
- Build a technological infrastructure to deploy online curriculum for pre-matriculation, current, or off-track students.
- Expand wireless network coverage across campus.
- Furnish student wages to meet the increased need for IT support.
- Establish a Bachelor of University Studies degree in connection with online learning.
BYU–Idaho awards scholarships to students who have excelled in academics, leadership, service, talent, or within their major.
Grant-in-aid awards meet the needs of students who may not qualify for scholarships or who require extra support to reach their educational goals.
Both scholarship and grant-in-aid funds are carefully awarded in modest amounts so we may reach more students with the resources available.
But as thousands more students attend BYU–Idaho through the new academic calendar and online learning, the need for scholarships and grants-in-aid proportionally increases.
To support the financial needs of a larger, year-round student body, we will:
These efforts will play a significant role in ultimately achieving our goal to serve more students within our existing resources while raising the quality of their educational experience.