I think you might be surprised in the area of distance learning. It's been around longer than most people realize, and some major players (including BYU and schools like Penn State and Thomas Edison) were pioneers in the field. The internet has made it much more convenient and accessible (as compared to even finding out about programs and snail mailing everything) but the basic way it works is not really new and has been around for over 100 years. I do have distance learning credits from BYU, all before the internet. They transferred to my Master's program which was also a distance program before the internet (through SUNY, which now has a robust distance program across all campuses). I also have credits earned through distance learning from Penn State.dande48 wrote: ↑15 May 2019, 20:13I think this is the way most college eduation is leaning in the future. It just makes sense. I'd even say it would increase their revenue. Once the courses are created, there's practically no overhead. I wouldn't be suprised if they made more than the on campus courses, if you factor in land cost, building maintenance, teacher salaries, etc. If I were to start a university, I could choose 100% online over campus any day. It just makes sense.
I am proud of BYU and the Church for offering online college courses long before it was popular. I want to say they've been around since 2003? (*Edit: 1921 for "distant learning". Impressive!). Just to be clear, it's a very good thing the Church is doing. I'm so glad church members can get a cheap college eduation. I think it's super important.
Closer to topic, BYU-I's distance learning degree programs are far more extensive that BYU-P's. You actually can't earn a degree from Provo completely distance learning, but there are many options with BYU-I. Not too long ago I considered another degree, and even before Pathways (which I really wouldn't do anyway because I have an MA+) BYU-I was very affordable compared to other universities (even the non-profit types). For some people Pathways/BYU-I is a ticket that otherwise would not get punched. (Side note/tip: State colleges in NY are free to NY residents, and the community colleges, which are under the SUNY banner, have to accept residents without tests like the SAT or even a HS diploma, although they may require you to earn HS equivalency as part of your program. It doesn't get much more affordable than that, but you do have to establish residency. SUNY offers some top notch degrees, and there is even a SUNY component of Cornell.)