The mission of BYU Conferences and Workshops is to assist the university in its outreach efforts by providing excellent administrative support for academic departments in order to produce high–quality, self–sustaining programs. By attending to the logistical details, Conferences and Workshops enables the faculty to extend their finest scholarship, teaching, and creative work to the larger Church and university communities while attending to their primary responsibilities of teaching students, researching, and writing.
Annually, the department offers over 200 outreach programs to more than 50,000 participants. Both credit and noncredit programs are offered, including conferences, workshops, symposia, short courses, seminars, test–prep courses, and youth camps. Although most credit offerings are time–condensed in nature, all credit offered through Conferences and Workshops is granted by an academic department or college and is governed by established accreditation standards.
A variety of programs directly benefit undergraduate students. For example, Conferences and Workshops provides assistance with student teaching and internships (Washington, D.C./Houston Urban Student Teachers; education interns; Courtesy Placement Student Teaching), gives undergraduate students practical experience in their academic fields (Counseling Workshop, Creative Dance, Young Ambassadors’ Singing Entertainer, Late Summer Honors, Science Fair, Sports Camps), and offers students the chance to interact with key people in the discipline and industry in annual or one-time programs (Counseling Workshop, Books for Young Readers, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, Taggart Symposium, Professional Landcare Network Student Career Days, International Double Reed Society conference, Dance and the Child International conference).
Test preparation services also benefit students (Test Prep Courses: ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, DAT, CPA Review, Bar Review).
Academic departments have opportunities to view the performance of youth at conferences or workshops, and these prospective students may be invited to attend BYU (Young Ambassadors’ Singing Entertainer, Theatre Workshop, Young Musicians’ Summerfestival, Dance Camps, Sports Camps, Jazz Festival). Finally, other programs help prepare youth for college.