The Victoria Institute was established in 2011 under the leadership of Professor Roger Slee. It is a research-intensive unit focused on impact and influence, particularly in the areas of educational reform and inclusive practices. Well placed within Victoria University, The Victoria Institute has social justice as a key focus. Our researchers work collaboratively with a range of government departments, policy makers, philanthropic organisations and community groups. The Victoria Institute operates with the explicit intention of improving educational experiences and outcomes for all.
Our targeted research program aims to build better learning and greater participation and success for students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds as well as those who are disengaged or excluded. In 2011, The Victoria Institute was one of only 12 applicants to receive a federally funded Higher Education, Participation and Partnerships program grant of $1.4 million. This grant was awarded to implement and research the viability of implementing AVID in Australia. Four years on, AVID in Australia has grown from one school to now almost 30 schools in four states and the Northern Territory. Data we are gathering on schooll improvement and student performance with AVID is compelling and indicates that AVID is certainly transferable, scalable and sustainable in Australia as well as the USA.