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Office of Diversity & Inclusion



AHE (AVID HIGHER ED) 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. AVID assists higher education professionals in analyzing existing student support initiatives and data, identifying barriers and needs, and establishing and assessing student learning outcomes. By supporting faculty and administrators in their effort to increase student engagement, AVID also supports students in their efforts to earn a college degree and/or certificate. When implemented with fidelity, AVID impacts the expectations and behaviors of postsecondary students, faculty, and administrators through research-driven and ongoing professional learning.

AHE consists of three initiatives: Student Success, Teacher Preparation, and Career and Technical Education. These initiatives act 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. In keeping with AVID’s philosophy, AHE is founded on the proposition that college students who have the will to succeed will succeed—if they are challenged and given the academic and psychosocial support needed to meet that challenge.

The Student Success Initiative (SSI) builds on AVID Secondary’s more than 30-year successful track record of effectively promoting college access and preparedness. With the SSI, AVID now spans both sides of the secondary-postsecondary bridge, extending its historic mission of promoting college readiness to include college success.

The Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) provides teacher candidates a deep understanding of, and practical experience with, AVID methodologies and meeting their students’ needs, bringing the AVID system full circle as these teacher candidates leave the universities prepared to teach in a manner that allows all students to be college-ready.

The Career/Technical Education Initiative collaborates with colleges to increase student persistence and completion of degree and certificate programs resulting in graduates who are fully prepared to be successful in the workplace.

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