1. Is it a four year degree program?
Not yet. Currently students will get university credit that they can transfer into a full degree program (especially at BYU Hawaii or other BYU schools).
At present, students are required to have 30 credits on campus for BYU Hawaii to grant a degree. So students could take 90 credits online, and then apply to come to campus for the remaining 30 credits. This is currently the most cost effective way to obtain a four year degree from BYU Hawaii.
2. How are students going to communicate with their professors?
One very unique thing about the new program is that the level of communication will be very high. Students use web cameras or digital camcorders to present their ideas and responses in some assignments, student tutors here (who are trained and mentored by faculty) respond to some student assignment with a video-response. Therefore students will be able to see someone giving them feedback, and the tutors will be able to see the students presenting answers. Also students will use email and other web based technologies for communication.
3. How are they going to report their progress?
The tutors will be constantly receiving work from students, and will give rapid personalized feedback for many assignments. Student progress will be seen in an online grade book that students can log onto at any time.
4. How are they going to pay?
Through the BYU Hawaii tuition website with credit cards. We are also looking into other payment methods.
5. What are some of the criterias for the qualified students to apply for the progam?
Simply that they can show a sufficient level of English.
6. What about non church members? Can they apply too?
Yes. They just need to understand the honor code and the fact that we include spiritual learning in our academic courses.