Rethinking Education
 
 
  BYU–IDAHO

BYU–IDAHO

RETHINKING EDUCATION

 

BYU–Idaho is rethinking education to serve more students and prepare graduates to contribute to the Church, community and workplace. 

 

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The "Spirit of Ricks" is preserved and enhanced.

While adopting the name Brigham Young University–Idaho and transitioning from a distinguished junior college to a four-year university, this institution will work to preserve and enhance the "Spirit of Ricks." Simply stated, this will entail upholding a tradition of service, hard work, friendliness, and compassion—the same things that have bonded the students, faculty, and administration for more than 100 years at Ricks College. 

President David A. Bednar has stated: "The 'Spirit of Ricks' is not found in a building; it is not found in a place; it is found in the people, the students, the teachers. The 'Spirit of Ricks' will not be diminished—in fact, if we do this transition properly, it will be greatly enhanced. We will continue to foster a nurturing, spiritual environment, which will continue to be referred to as the 'Spirit of Ricks.'"

Over the next several years the predetermined increase in numbers of students and faculty will be balanced to preserve the friendly environment on campus. This will be accomplished by maintaining freshman/sophomore enrollment at approximately 8,600. Increases will become evident as upper-level courses are added and the enrollment naturally increases to about 3,000 upperclassmen. 

At BYU-Idaho:

·         A two-tiered institution allows students to choose between associate or bachelor's degrees.

·         An integrated degree is tailored to fit students' interests, provide relevant internships, and enhance marketability.

·         The activities program opens sports, the arts, and opportunities for service to everyone.

·         A year-round track system allows more students to attend.

The faculty is focused on the scholarship of learning and teaching.

 

A two-tiered institution allows students to choose between associate or bachelor's degrees.

BYU-Idaho offers sixteen Associate of Applied Science degrees, allowing students to specialize in a major field of study while completing a carefully selected curriculum of general education courses. With an associate degree, a student can be ready for employment in about two years.

Integrated and specialized bachelor's degrees, which require 120 credit hours and take three to four years to complete, are also offered. It is anticipated that approximately fifty bachelor's degree programs will be developed over the next five years. While not all programs will be offered immediately, they will be added as time and resources make it feasible.  Specialized bachelor’s degrees, which require a maximum of 70 credit hours within the major area of study are available in the areas of Applied Management, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Social Work, and Technology Management.

An integrated degree is tailored to fit students' interests, provide relevant internships, and enhance marketability.

Integrated bachelor's degrees, which are a unique feature to BYU-Idaho’s academic offerings, give a broader spectrum of educational experience and are the backbone of our curriculum.

These degrees require a maximum of 45 credit hours in the major area of study, with the remainder of the credits being tailored to the student's specific postgraduate intentions and interests. By linking creative curriculum selection, other areas of study, and internships, these degrees will provide unique educational opportunities and greater marketability in the workplace.

The activities program opens sports, the arts, and service to everyone.

BYU-Idaho’s unprecedented Activities Program meets the needs and interests of a broad and diverse student body.  The Activities Program consists of almost all BYU-Idaho sponsored activities and events for students outside of the classroom. Year-round activities are categorized into four areas: Arts, Physical, Enrichment, and Social.  Each area is structured to give students numerous opportunities for active involvement on campus.

With the Activities Program, commitment can range from simple participation to teaching, coaching, or mentoring.  In the expanded Activities Program, students are participants not just spectators. They may choose activities directly tied to their field of study or just have fun doing something they enjoy. Participants will develop personal and spiritual qualities.  When coupled with academics, the new Activities Program prepares students for challenges they will face throughout their lives.  Through participation in the Activities Programs, students can have life-changing experiences.

 

A year-round track system allows more students to attend.

BYU-Idaho operates on an expanded year-round basis to allow more students the opportunity to attend. This creative academic calendar revolves around a three-semester system—fall, winter and summer.  Qualified students will have access to two of the three semesters depending on their admittance.

 

            Summer-Fall Track

            (Students must sit out winter semesters.)

          Fall-Winter Track

            (Summer semesters optional based on availability.)

          Winter-Summer Track

            (Students must sit out fall semesters.)

 

A year-round Fast Grad program is also available. Students participating in Fast Grad start the summer after high school graduation and continue year-round until either graduating with an associate degree or achieving junior level status in one calendar year. This is most feasible for students who have earned some college credit while in high school. 

 

The faculty is focused on the scholarship of learning and teaching.

Both the faculty and students at BYU–Idaho are engaged in a wide range of scholarly and research activities. But the primary focus of the faculty is on the scholarship of learning and teaching. Therefore, the campus will maintain a 25:1 student/faculty ratio and a serious commitment to the belief that everyone—faculty, staff, and administration—is a teacher.

To foster this focus on students, unlike most institutions of higher education, Ricks College never adopted the distinctions of assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor. This tradition of no faculty rank will continue at BYU–Idaho.

 

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