We are an AVID post secondary school. At TAMUK we practice AVID strategies to help students learn and succeed in their classes.
What is AVID?
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a non‐profit organization that, for more than thirty years, has been successful in developing marginal high school students—those with potential, but who are unlikely to either graduate from high school or go to college—into successful, confident college students. The mission of AVID is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
AVID is an elementary through postsecondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school wide learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
The Texas A&M University- Kingsville is an AVID pilot Post-Secondary school.
Although AVID serves all students, it focuses on the least served students in the academic middle. AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.
The formula is simple - raise expectations of students and, with the AVID support system in place, they will rise to the challenge.
- Student accountability – taking responsibility for their own learning; Advancement Via Individual Determination
- Academic behaviors, competencies, efficacy, peer support, mentoring
- Rigor with support – tackling acceleration successfully, changing belief systems; holding them to high expectations
- Learning strategies applied to coursework versus isolated study skills
Developmental Reading Lecturer
B.S., Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
This page was last updated on: January 25, 2012