In 2009, AVID Center created a pilot program to systemically support structures at the college level for aspiring but underprepared students. Six institutions of higher education from four states (California, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington), representing 2-year and 4-year institutions, participated in the pilot. The AVID for Higher Education pilot identified several key conditions necessary for AVID to effectively address student success at an institution of higher education:
- There must be strong campus leadership, vision, and support.
- Students must have access to rigorous credit-bearing coursework rather than remedial, developmental coursework.
- There must be coherence in student experiences. This coherence can be achieved through structures such as cohorts, academies, learning communities and linked classes, or innovative online options.
- Instruction must be learner-centered and engage students in AVID’s WICOR components.
- Students are supported in their learning by their participation in an AVID or AVID-like course during their freshman year.
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