Fall Summit 2003: Letter from the President

Letter from the President
President David A. Bednar

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Since the historic announcement by President Gordon B. Hinckley in June of 2000, much has been done to facilitate the transition of Brigham Young University–Idaho into a four-year institution. Now, after a thorough review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, I am pleased to announce that accreditation at the baccalaureate level has been granted and accreditation of all associate programs has been reaffirmed. 

As I meet with individuals, I am often asked the questions: “What is accreditation, and what does it mean to the university?” In essence, accreditation is a stamp of approval—a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. Compliance with these standards of excellence is determined by an officially recognized commission of experienced educators and administrators.

Receiving this endorsement is an important and historic milestone in the development of BYU–Idaho. Accreditation confirms that the institution has appropriate, clearly defined objectives and is accomplishing them. It provides credibility to the university’s educational programs, faculty qualifications, and other important institutional characteristics. In addition, accreditation fosters excellence in higher education through continuous self-study, enables students to qualify for financial assistance, and facilitates admission to graduate programs. 

I express my deep appreciation to so many. The accreditation of BYU–Idaho as a baccalaureate institution has come to fruition because of the extraordinary efforts and hard work of dedicated employees and students—as well as those who came before and truly laid the foundation for all that is here now. Everyone involved with this miraculous process is to be commended. Together we have planned, worked, and learned; and we have been blessed with help from heaven to make rapid and significant progress. And while we certainly have not become all that we will eventually become, we are off to a very good start.

In this edition of Summit Magazine, you will learn of other developments happening on campus such as the increasing number of married couples, benefits of year-round school in the lives of students, employees’ reflections of the transition, and more. I invite you to review the magazine and hope you find it informative and enjoyable.

If you would like more information about the important changes taking place at BYU–Idaho, I encourage you to visit us often via the Internet at

Thank you for your interest in and support of BYU–Idaho.


David A. Bednar

President, Brigham Young University–Idaho

Editors Note: This issue of Summit Magazine was in the final stage of production at the time Elder David A. Bednar was sustained as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 2, 2004. The innovations and achievements detailed in this issue stand as a tribute to Elder Bednar’s leadership and accomplishments. To him, we at Brigham Young University–Idaho extend our support and appreciation as we continue “Rethinking Education.”