AVID for Higher Education

AVID for Higher Education Symbol

Our mission at Saddleback College is to create a community-wide culture of teaching and learning
that empowers individuals to take control of their own success through
Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading.

Our goals…

  • For students, acquire a detailed understanding and practice of academic literacy through the following learned habits: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading

  • For faculty, create a comfortable, yet rigorous learning environment that engages and empowers students and faculty.

  • For staff, recognize their core values and roles in achieving a community-wide culture of teaching and learning. 

  • For administrators, understand and support the mission of AVID for Higher Education.


What is AVID for Higher Education?

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) college readiness system has been a part of K - 12 classrooms for more than 35 years.  AVID for Higher Education (AHE) at Saddleback College is campus-wide program aimed at increasing students' academic and personal skills necessary for success at the college level.

Professors, from across all academic divisions who are trained in AHE methodologies, use high engagement instructional strategies in their classrooms.  These courses promote learning experience that are interactive and energetic.  Students get involved through active learning, collaboration, and inquiry.

Any student can benefit from enrolling in AHE courses and any instructor can participate in AHE professional development.  AHE strategies have been proven to increase student completion and retention.

AHE courses are tagged with the AVID for Higher Education symbol.  You will find that AHE trained professors use AVID learning strategies.  These instructional techniques build a personalized, high-engagement learning environment in the classroom.  Content in AVID courses remains the same as non AVID courses.  There is no additional work.

AVID for Higher Education Fast Facts


  • Saddleback College is the first California community college to incorporate AVID strategies.
  • Over 100 Saddleback College faculty use AVID high engagement learning strategies.
  • Over 70 individual course sections use AVID method.