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BYU's PathwayConnect Students Now Able To Make Smoother Transition To Higher Education

Matilyn Mortensen

A yearlong program offered through Brigham Young University Pathway-Worldwide is designed to help students transition more successfully into a higher-education setting.

Students who complete the PathwayConnect program have the option of applying to earn a degree or certificate online from BYU-Idaho. Thanks to a new partnership between Utah State University and Pathway-Worldwide, students can now choose to continue their education through USU.

“The PathwayConnect program prepares students and transitions them into higher education,” said Robert Wagner, vice president for academics and instructional services at USU. “And then our regional campus and USU-online model then can help those students transition into a certificate or a degree here at Utah State University.”

According to Wagner, this partnership is a natural transition.

“What we discovered early on as we were looking at a potential collaboration,” Wagner said, “is the local communities that were formed around the PathwayConnect program align very nicely with the Utah State University Regional Campus system.”

Wagner said this partnership will be especially helpful to students in rural Utah who want to receive a higher education without leaving their community. He said it is anticipated that most if not all Pathway students will be accepted to Utah State.

Students will be able to apply to take courses at any of the school’s 33 regional campuses or centers, the Logan main campus, or through USU-Online. The PathwayConnect credits they have earned will transfer to the school as elective credits.