AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

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The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) has been closely studied by numerous research teams and individuals. In addition to our own data collection, AVID's success has been demonstrated by numerous third-party studies.

The AVID Center has organized the research section of our website so that it is useful for schools, educators, and the general public. We recommend that you begin your tour by viewing the AVID Research Overview presentation and the Annotated Bibliography sections.

On this page, you will find AVID Center-sponsored research, books, articles, and white papers. These publications also include works from AVID Center staff and the University of Texas-Pan American’s Special Research Projects Office.

Learn more about AVID’s research.

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If you know of a research article in the print media or on the web that you would like to share, or if you have questions or comments about our research, please contact Sr. Director, Chief Research Officer, Dr. Dennis Johnston at [email protected]

In 2010, AVID Center changed its mission to include all students, not just students in the academic middle. This came as a result of our continual growth in the understanding of the overall impact AVID has on students, teachers, administrators, and institutions.

Explore schoolwide impact research and additional resources.

Numerous studies and reports on AVID have been independently conducted by organizations and schools to highlight their success. District evaluations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and external reports illustrate the impact which AVID has on students and educators across the country.

Discover AVID’s global success.

The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) is backed by a strong, extensive research base. Our trainings are grounded in innovative research and best-practices which provide opportunities for educators to grow, learn, and apply those strategies and methodologies in schools throughout the country.

Find resources on the ACRS foundation.