• AVID—a National Education Nonprofit—Receives Multi-Year Grant From Growing Inland Achievement to Impact College Graduation Rates in California’s Inland Empire

    Posted by AVID Center on 1/8/2019

    gia Improving the economic outlook for all in this geographic area through education pairs the two organizations for maximum impact.

    San Diego, CA (January 9, 2019): AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) announced today that through a Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) grant, their organization (AVID Center) will receive $150,000 over two years, supporting a bi-county collaborative to build capacity in supporting high engagement instructional teaching and learning practices at Riverside City College and Crafton Hills College. Growing Inland Achievement is a collective impact collaborative focused on improving the long-term economic outlook of the region through improving the educational attainment rates of the Inland Empire in Southern California.

    The grant specifically addresses such key initiatives as Guided Pathways, a multi-year state program designed to significantly improve student outcomes, as well as specific legislative mandates, including Assembly Bill 705 that demands a reduction of remedial or developmental courses.

    “Partnering with these two campuses creates opportunities for all of us to work on the completion agenda: equipping students to persist, transfer, and complete their college degrees—measures that are hallmarks of AVID’s impact on students’ lives in postsecondary education,” commented Michelle Mullen, Executive Vice President of AVID.

    Ann Marie Allen, who serves as the Senior Director for Growing Inland Achievement, said, “We selected AVID as the organization to work with us because of their ability to simultaneously work with the faculty and students to achieve our goals. Professional learning for our educators, aligned with coursework strategies for students, is much more likely to yield positive results.”

    This brings the total number of California campuses implementing AVID for Higher Education (AHE) to eight. Crafton Hills College is the second campus, after La Sierra University, located in the region where the largest concentration of K–12 AVID schools exist in the U.S.

    Other AHE colleges in California include Saddleback College, Antelope Valley College, Taft College, CSU San Bernardino (College of Education), and CSU Dominguez Hills (California STEM Institute for Innovations and Improvement), with a total of 50 AHE campuses being served nationwide.

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap. Today, AVID is implemented in approximately 6,400 schools in 47 states across the U.S., plus schools in Canada and Australia, as well as DoDEA schools. AVID impacts almost 2 million students in grades K–12 and in 50 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education. For more information, please visit www.AVID.org and view a video on AVID for Higher Education: AHE – Faculty Development.

    Growing Inland Achievement is a collective impact collaborative focused on improving the long-term economic outlook of the region through improving the educational attainment rates of the Inland Empire. Through a $5 million Governor’s Innovation Award in Higher Education secured by California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), in partnership with the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Chaffey College, Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), OneFuture Coachella Valley, Riverside Community College District, San Bernardino and Riverside County Superintendents, and other stakeholders on behalf of the region, Growing Inland Achievement is committed to building a cross-sector collaborative that creates a well-educated workforce, thriving communities, and a vibrant economy.


    Debra Feinberg
    Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Development
    AVID Center – San Diego, CA
    (858) 380-4775
    [email protected]


    Ann Marie Allen
    Senior Director, Growing Inland Achievement
    (909) 256-0918
    [email protected]

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