Victoria University has received $1.4 million in funding from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) to implement the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins said, "AVID provides a whole-school approach to preparing students for university access and success. It builds ongoing supported professional learning that raises the aspirations, expectations and behaviours of teaching and support staff, administrators and students.
"This funding will assist primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities across Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory in low Socio-Economic Status (SES) areas to build a national network and implement the AVID Program."
Victoria University Secondary College and VU College ESL Youth Program have already signed up as AVID participants.
Professor Dawkins said, "Evidence shows that over time AVID transforms the leadership, structure, instruction, and culture of a school. It has been operating for 31 years and serves 400,000 students in 4,500 schools across four countries."
Victoria University will host the AVID Summer Institute conference for educators from primary school through to post-secondary institutions in November 2012.
HEPPP funding is available to universities to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.
Victoria University is also a partner in another successful competitive HEPPP bid for the Learn, Experience, Access Professions (LEAP) program which is a collaborative initiative to connect higher education and the professions for students in low SES schools and communities.
Christine White, General Manager, Communications, Marketing & Communications, Victoria University, (03) 9919 4322; 0434 602 884, firstname.lastname@example.org