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.
• A two-tiered institution allows students to choose between associate or bachelor's degrees.
• Integrated degrees are tailored to fit students' interests, provide relevant internships, and enhance marketability.
• A year-round track system allows more students to attend.
• The Activities Program opens areas of the arts, enrichment, physical, and social to everyone.
• The faculty is focused on the scholarship of learning and teaching.
The “Spirit of Ricks” is preserved and enhanced.
Since adopting the name Brigham Young University–Idaho and transitioning from a uniquely distinguished junior college to a four-year university, this institution continues to preserve and enhance the “Spirit of Ricks.” Simply stated, this entails 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.
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 projected increase in numbers of students and faculty will be balanced to preserve the friendly environment on campus.
A two-tiered institution allows students to choose between associate or bachelor's degrees.
BYU–Idaho offers 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. Specialized bachelor’s degrees require a maximum of 70 credit hours within the major area of study. Students majoring in secondary education complete an educational core in addition to exploring their content area.
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 the 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 core curriculum with complementary areas of study and internships, these degrees will provide unique educational opportunities and greater marketability in the workplace.
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-track system—summer/fall, fall/winter, and winter/summer. Qualified students are admitted to one of the three tracks.
A year-round Fast Grad program is also available. Students participating in Fast Grad usually start after their sophomore year at BYU–Idaho and continue year-round (summer, fall, and winter) until graduating.
The activities program opens areas of the arts, enrichment, physical, and social to everyone.
BYU–Idaho’s unprecedented Activities Program meets the needs and interests of a broad and diverse student body. An array of year-round activities is offered in the areas of: arts, enrichment, physical, and social. Each area is structured to give students numerous opportunities for active involvement on campus.
With the Activities Program, each student’s commitment can range from simple participation to teaching, coaching, or mentoring. In the expanded Activities Program, students are participants, not just spectators. They choose activities directly tied to their field of study or just have fun doing something they enjoy. Participants develop personal and spiritual qualities. When coupled with academics, the Activities Program prepares students for challenges and opportunities they will face throughout their lives. Through participation in the Activities Program, students can have life-changing experiences.
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 maintains about 25:1 student/faculty ratio and a serious commitment to the belief that everyone at BYU–Idaho is a teacher.
The tradition of no faculty rank continues at BYU–Idaho. Unlike most institutions of higher education, on this campus there have never been distinctions such as assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor.
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