Student Support Services advisors develop student-centered relationships with program participants. We provide holistic support that complements the role of faculty advisors and other campus services. We encourage and facilitate the development of the skills and behaviors needed by students for success through regular, individualized programming. For more information regarding our advising relationship with students, please view our advising syllabus.
Student Support Services advisors track the academic progress of their participants each semester. The use of Student Academic Progress Reports are helpful in receiving feedback from professors regarding the progress SSS participants are making in their classes mid-semester. For some students, including those in their first year of participation, faculty receive these reports and are asked to return them with information and comments to then be shared with the student in a one-on-one meeting with their SSS advisor. For other students, as they progress through UNI, blank reports are provided and the student is asked to meet with their instructors to discuss their progress. The student is encouraged to communicate with their SSS advisor the results of those meetings. In either case, instructors are encouraged to contact an SSS advisor with any concerns or comments they have regarding the student.
Any faculty member who has a concern about a student, but does not know where to direct it, is invited to contact a Student Support Services advisor. We will share resources that could assist you in effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of your student. Do not feel you need to have knowledge about a student's eligibility to refer them to the program. All students referred to our office will be connected to an appropriate source of support. For more information, please contact Nick Sullivan at (319)273-2179 or Nick.Sullivan@uni.edu.