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    Empowering Every Student's Potential

    AVID for Higher Education (AHE) proudly serves more than 26,000 students and their faculty in more than 50 two-year and four-year institutions of higher education in 16 states.

    Student Success

    AVID for Higher Education’s comprehensive and strategic approach to student success promotes student and faculty engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities. Building relationships with faculty and staff to support students is a unique and key element in the professional learning modules, which focus on high engagement instructional strategies. The modules are designed to assist faculty in engaging students in the learning process within AVID’s WICOR framework. There is additional support for advising, Socratic peer tutoring, and peer mentoring to provide students with comprehensive wrap-around support.

    What We Provide

    Professional learning and wrap-around support intended to positively affect students’ persistence and completion in college.

    Who We Serve

    Faculty, staff, and students in colleges, including technical, public, private, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

    Target Audience

    • First-year seminar instructors
    • General education faculty
    • Instructors of developmental education
    • Career and technical/professional education instructors
    • Adult education and literacy (AEL) instructors
    • Co-curricular staff
    • Students from freshman year through graduation and degree or certificate completion

    Program Supports

    • Customized on-site faculty/staff development and planning for systematic implementation of AHE
    • First-year seminar and transition courses
    • AVID Student Center services
    • Peer tutoring/mentoring
    • Advising
    • Integrated career pathway models


    “I think what makes AVID a really important tool is that it gives students a way to learn that’s not just specific to a classroom, but specific to a life.”

    – Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President, Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX


    The AVID student success model is broken down in to three categories: Career and Technical/Professional Education, Developmental Education, and Adult Education and Literacy. AVID provides specific training and tools for each of these categories in addition to supporting the students’ first-year experience and general faculty development.

    Career and Technical/ Professional Education

    AHE’s career and technical/professional education support at two-year and technical colleges provides instructors with instructional tools and support to use in the classroom and hands-on lab. AHE’s framework and methodologies represent the same set of skills and habits that employers are looking for in future hires. AHE’s teaching strategies enhance a teaching and learning environment where theory and practice better align with industry standards by focusing on the development of “soft” skills.

    Developmental Education

    AHE provides in-depth, customized professional learning opportunities with on-site workshops and materials to master student-centered instructional strategies− key to supporting students in developmental education. Professional learning sessions focus on core skills that all students need to succeed academically—writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading—known as AVID’s WICOR framework. Instructors are also given strategies for cultivating a learning community that helps developmental education students to thrive in higher education as they prepare to transition to certificate or degree programs.

    Adult Education and Literacy

    AHE provides tools to structure and scaffold learning to assist educators in meeting adult learners’ needs by implementing fundamental methodologies and strategies that engage AEL students in critical thinking in a collaborative environment. AVID’s scaffolded academic reading strategies support student success with high school equivalency exams. AHE staff understand the need to build academic language and literacy in adult learners as a way to create positive learning environments and foster motivation for students who seek high school diplomas and/or return to college to pursue a career pathway and develop workforce skills.


    AVID for Higher Education partners with college education programs to develop pedagogical and pre-service experiences that increase the capacity of future teachers to support a college-going culture. Teacher candidates analyze and practice high engagement instructional strategies to enable them to meet a broad spectrum of student needs.


    Enhanced and collaborative professional learning experiences and mapping of interactive methodologies and strategies to build capacity in future teachers.


    Departments, schools, and colleges of education at public and private colleges and universities.


    • College of Education faculty
    • Elementary and secondary teacher candidates


    • Customized on-site faculty development and planning
    • Development of an instructional map that introduces and reinforces AVID frameworks, methodologies, and strategies

    The Benefits of Partnership

    AVID for Higher Education (AHE) provides intensive, customized support delivered on-site to meet your specific campus needs. While you support your students, we support you. The annual professional service fee includes:

    • Use of AVID-created resources, including all professional learning materials and presentations, first-year seminar course syllabus, and other resources
    • Monthly coaching calls and annual on-site visit
    • Complimentary registration to AHE Liaison annual workshop
    • Complimentary registration to Summer Institutes for one AHE Liaison
    • On-site, inquiry-based peer tutor and mentor training materials and online support
    • Access to online modules that offer 24/7 recaps of critical college success skills for use by both students and faculty
    • A subscription to AVID Weekly, which provides high interest articles and lesson plans designed to improve academic reading skills for use in first-year seminar courses, developmental education, adult education and literacy courses, or discipline-specific courses
    • Assistance with development of grant proposals
    • Assistance in analyzing evaluation results related to student success
    • Use of logo and program materials for student recruitment purposes


  • AHE Leadership Symposium

    Creating an all-in culture for student success ensures that students learn, persist, and complete. Nash Community College and Texas A&M University Kingsville, AHE National Demonstration Colleges, and Amarillo College will share how they are ensuring that students are learning as they progress through their guided pathways, and how faculty development and professional learning has created a culture that supports student success.


  • The Intersection of Equity and Pedagogy: Changing the Narrative for Diverse College Students

    Open to college educators (both partners and non-partners), this one-day workshop was co-developed by the AVID for Higher Education team and the Community College Equity Assessment Lab.

    AVID for Higher Education (AHE) and the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), invite you to a workshop focusing on improving instructional practices and systems that open doors of opportunity for diverse learners, addressing the following:

    • How can higher education cultivate success for diverse students?
    • What are the assumptions I may make about students, their communities, and perceived values? How does this impact my practice?
    • What are instructional and institutional practices that impede or promote success for a diverse student body?

    Campus leaders and faculty members will leave this training inspired and prepared by these nationally recognized organizations.


    • Sept. 13 – AVID Center, San Diego, CA
    • Oct. 25 – Texas Wesleyan University, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Disrupting Deficit Narratives Through Equity-Minded Practice

    As a precursor to student engagement, motivation matters. The literature is overrun with deficit thinking about diverse students, their families, cultures, socioeconomic background, abilities, and communities. Educators frequently lament about how to motivate students to “care” about their learning. Yet, very few have the opportunity to participate in the work needed to foster the equity mindedness to disrupt these deficit narratives.

    AVID for Higher Education invites you to a workshop addressing the following:

    • How do the assumptions about students, their families, and communities affect practice and student success?
    • What instructional and institutional equity-based practices promote student success for all students?
    • What strategies can help faculty and staff effectively manage conflict, microaggressions, and hot topics in the learning environment?