BYU-Pathway Worldwide improves lives through access to spiritually based, online affordable higher education. Its mission is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in their homes, the Church, and their communities.
The organization does this by:
Getting the gospel down into the students’ hearts
Helping students become capable learners
Preparing students to lead and support families
Nearly 30 years later in 1998, David A. Bednar made similar comments in his inaugural address as president of Ricks College.
"It will be necessary for us ... to serve ever better the thousands of students we have on campus while simultaneously reaching out to bless the lives of tens of thousands of young Latter-day Saints throughout the world."
A New Opportunity
In 2009, the fulfillment of Henry B. Eyring and David A. Bednar's words came to be when BYU-Idaho launched Pathway (now called PathwayConnect) — a one-year, reduced-cost, online program offered to students wherever they lived, with no need to ever come to a university campus.
PathwayConnect grew rapidly, from serving 50 students in the United States in 2009 to serving more than 14,000 in over 60 countries in 2016.
Then in 2017, the face of PathwayConnect was forever changed when the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the creation of a new church-wide higher education organization to be called BYU-Pathway Worldwide:
This organization will have responsibility for all online certificates and degree programs offered within the Church Educational System.
Continued growthAs of 2019, BYU-Pathway Worldwide serves nearly 45,000 students annually in 145 countries through its PathwayConnect program as well as certificates and degrees offered in partnership with BYU-Idaho (and beginning in 2021, also LDS Business College/Ensign College). BYU-Pathway is truly reaching into the world, providing the blessing of education "into the lives of men and women everywhere."
Pathway Through the Years