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 Essentials

The AVID for Higher Education Essentials are designed to transform student success culture on campus by engaging key campus members and programs in the change process. Extensively researched, each AHE Essential has several key indicators that further define the implementation process. Although the AHE Essentials are customized on each campus to support student engagement and achievement, fidelity in their implementation is required for a successful AHE program.


Essential 1: Administrative Leadership and Support 

Campus leadership actively supports and participates in the implementation of AVID for Higher Education.

Essential 2: The AVID Campus Team: Campuswide Collaboration 
The AVID campus team works collaboratively to develop, implement and sustain AVID for Higher Education.

Essential 3: Faculty Development and Professional Learning 
The campus plan includes on- and off-campus AVID planning and professional learning opportunities.

Essential 4: AVID Experience: First Year Through Completion 
AHE students receive support through the AVID seminar and other curricular and co-curricular experiences that continue through graduation or program completion.

Essential 5: Evaluation and Research 
AVID campuses participate in the evaluation of AVID for Higher Education through data collection and related research.


Key indicators of the AHE Essentials for each initiative are available in PDF format through the following hyperlinks:


For additional information about AVID for Higher Education, please contact AVIDforHigherEducation@avid.org.