LDS church announces new global higher education program

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans, Tuesday, to make education accessible to millions of members around the world.

The new program is called BYU-Pathway Worldwide.  It combines online secular learning with religious education on a global level. 

The basic concept for the ‘Pathway model’ is not new.  Pathway technically started several years ago at BYU Idaho.  In 2009, it had just three pilot sites.  Today, it has nearly 500 sites in more than 50 countries around the world. 

LDS leaders say the program will help people who may not otherwise have a chance to receive a higher education, because of limited access, lack of finances, or fear in their ability to be successful. 

Organizers of BYU-Pathway Worldwide say they plan on keeping tuition costs low and will not require traditional admission requirements like ACT scores or even high school diplomas. 

Headquarters of BYU-Pathway Worldwide will be in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The program is scheduled to begin operating May 1, 2017. 

Click here for more on the announcement. 

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