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AVID for Higher Education

AVID for Higher Education works with postsecondary institutions to support students with the goal of increasing academic success, persistence, and completion rates in the Student Success Initiative. Colleges of education use the AVID Teacher Preparation Initiative to provide teacher candidates with AVID frameworks, methodologies, and strategies so that they enter the teaching field able to meet a broad spectrum of students' needs.  

AVID at Texas Tech

When was AVID initiated at TTU?

The AVID for Higher Education (AHE) program began in the Fall of 2012. The planning and pilot began the 2011-2012 year and a selected TTU leadership team attended the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas that year to launch AHE at TTU.

Who initiated AVID at TTU?

Dr. F. Valle and Dr. M. Kiser completed a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board state grant for the program with the support of The Office of the Senior VP and Provost, Dr. J. Muñoz.

How was AVID initiated?

It was initiated through the 30 year documented success of AVID in K-12 schools across the country. The newly formed AVID for Higher Education division by AVID national office sought funding and partnership with colleges and universities across the U.S. Texas Tech was successfully grant funded to participate in the implementation of AHE in the second wave of funding by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The first year Dr. Michelle Kiser coordinated tutoring for AVID for HE students and the Learning Center in Holden Hall supported AHE academically. Four TTU Faculty and Staff, Dr. Charles Crews-Counseling, Dr. Narissra Punyanunt-Carter- Media Communications, Dr. F. Valle- Educational leadership and John Rivera-Asst. Academic Dean in Engineering, began as the first instructors to launch and teach the IS 1102 AVID for HE course.

Why was AVID initiated?

The AHE was created to enrich and support the college success of first year and transfer students through high engagement strategies, active participation in university support services and the AVID for Higher Education system. The current IS 1102 AVID for College Success course was created as the official AHE course to serve and enrich students as they encountered new academic rigor at TTU. Currently, AVID for HE at TTU has a strong working partnership with AVID in Lubbock ISD with Dr. Beverly Finch. The number of AVID high schools keeps growing and resources, trainings, and celebrations are shared in an effort to strengthen the AVID P-20 pipeline.

Current total student enrollment.

The IS 1102 AVID for College Success sections are available every Fall and Spring to first year and transfer students. To date over 320 students have enrolled in the IS 1102 course at TTU and both academic coaches and tutors in the Learning Center have been trained to utilize AVID high engagement strategies. Currently the program is undergoing a transition of leadership and sustainability and will continue to grow under Kasaundra M. Garcia, Unit Coordinator of Academic Enrichment/AVID Texas Tech University Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement.