AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID for  Higher Education

AVID for Higher Education (AHE) is designed specifically to meet the needs of students attending a college or university. AHE resources systemically address the goals of increased learning, persistence, completion and success in and beyond college.

When implemented with fidelity, AVID impacts the expectations and behaviors of postsecondary students, faculty, and administrators through research-driven and ongoing professional learning.

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AVID for Higher Education is comprised of two initiatives: Student Success and Teacher Preparation. These initiatives function as a holistic, integrated college success system designed for students with the determination to succeed and for campuses and teacher education programs committed to promoting student success.

Student Success Initiative

The Student Success Initiative is a comprehensive model of planning and professional development that promotes high-engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities. A unique component is the First-Year Seminar, which is designed to support the college transition to help students access campus resources, to teach college skills, and build relationships to support academic success. Faculty development and professional learning for faculty, staff, including CTE instructors, and additional support for advising, tutorials and mentoring, focuses on increased persistence, success, and completion of degree and certificate for students. 

Teacher Preparation

The Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) was created to prepare future teachers through university teacher preparation programs. AVID’s TPI goal is to provide teacher candidates a deep understanding of, and practical experience with, AVID methodologies. With the TPI, teachers entering the field will have analyzed and practiced instructional strategies that make them more successful in meeting their students’ needs, bringing the AVID system full circle as teacher candidates leave the universities prepared to teach in a manner that allows all students to be college ready