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AVID at Butler

AVID LogoTake control of your learning with AVID.

As the only Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) higher educational institution in the state of Kansas, Butler is committed to helping students achieve both personal and educational success.  If you have been part of an AVID program in high school, you will find your transition to college level work less stressful because the strategies that helped you succeed in the past are used and encouraged at Butler.  If you are new to AVID, your instructors will introduce you to these powerful strategies to help you take personal control of your learning.  Whether you are continuing in or joining AVID, the program will support your success in all of your Butler classes.  

AVID supports college readiness and success for all students through learner-centered strategies that focus on AVID’s Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR) skills.  Application of these skills makes learning a more expressive, focused, engaged, structured, and deeply informed activity, and our trained teachers will show you how.  And if you are excited by college yet hesitant to attend class, you may want to enroll in LS105 (Engaging in Higher Education), in which you will be taught how to use AVID’s WICOR strategies in your own learning and take control of it.

AVID advantages

  • AVID students enrolled in LS105, Engaging in Higher Education, are paired with a personal advisor throughout their Butler career.  
  • AVID-trained tutors use Socratic methods to help students in tutoring labs. 
  • AVID WICOR skills will work in every educational discipline.


Contact Us

Dr. Phil Speary
Dean of Academic Support & Effectiveness
BOE: Building 100

AVID at Butler is made possible by a national educational effort to improve college persistence and graduation through the funding for the college completion project in ten colleges and universities across the U.S.  This five-year, $1.48 million grant was awarded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to the AVID Center, which will implement the project based on the AVID for Higher Education Student Success Initiative (AHE SSI).

The colleges and universities include: Atlanta Technical College (GA); Butler Community College (KS); California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills (CA); CSU San Bernardino (CA); CSU San Marcos (CA); Saddleback College (CA); Santa Monica (CA); Tougaloo College (MS); and the University of North Carolina - Asheville (NC).