BYU Continuing Education

BYU Continuing Education

The mission of the BYU Division of Continuing Education is to “extend the services and spirit of the university. . .1” by sponsoring and facilitating opportunities for lifelong learning that link the university with Latter-day Saints and other friends of the university who seek learning experiences that are consistent with the unique mission of BYU. Some opportunities include intensive study and activity within the stimulating setting of the BYU campus. Learning opportunities are also provided online and in other inspiring settings.

Overall Impact of Programs

BYU Continuing Education affects the lives of nearly all BYU undergraduate students prior to their graduation, whether through Evening Classes, Independent Study, the Salt Lake Center, or the Bachelor of General Studies program. Many other students have participated in conferences and workshops, enrolled in adult and youth religion programs sponsored by BYU Continuing Education, or been employed and mentored by BYU Continuing Education. As well, programs are extended to thousands of Church members and others outside the university bounds, giving them exposure to the spirit of the BYU campus.

In BYU Continuing Education, our objectives for contributing to the mission of Brigham Young University are clear. We seek to advance undergraduate learning, collaborate with departments to support university teaching, partner with colleges to support their outreach programs, mentor students in real-world settings that complement their academic majors, help returning students graduate, and extend the influence of BYU beyond its borders to foster lifelong learning and strengthen individuals spiritually.

Bachelor of General Studies

Former students who left BYU without a degree but who have already completed at least 30 hours as admitted undergraduate students on campus are given a second chance to complete their degree through the Bachelor of General Studies program. Students enroll in individual courses through Independent Study, Evening Classes, and the BYU Salt Lake Center as well as on campus during spring and summer terms.

The degrees are awarded by BYU academic colleges, which also approve the curriculum. The major is general studies with a 30-credit emphasis in one of the following study areas: American studies, English, family history, family life, history, management, and psychology.

The Bachelor of General Studies office provides recruitment, admissions, academic advisement, retention, motivation, graduation, and other assistance to students. At the end of the 2011–12 academic year, 1,300 formally admitted students were enrolled in the program (88% female and, on average, 45 years old), and 1,272 have graduated since the program began.

Feedback gathered from BGS graduates confirms that the degree provides a quality learning experience and fulfills the Aims of a BYU Education. In a 2011 survey of graduates, 96% were satisfied to very satisfied with their overall experience in the program. At the same time, 92% rated the overall quality of the program as very good to excellent, and 97% indicated they had mostly or fully achieved their goals.


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