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Advisor Handbook

Advising at UNI

Organizational Structure of Advising at UNI

Academic Advising Mission Statement

UNI’s undergraduate advising is structured to provide both centralized and decentralized advising. This provides for individualized delivery of advising to meet the unique demands of disciplines and special populations.

The majority of undergraduate academic advising is provided through decentralized units housed in academic departments and colleges.

Annually there are approximately 488 faculty and staff advisors. Of these, over 93% are faculty advisors.


Decentralized — Delivery of undergraduate academic advising is determined by departments or colleges to meet the needs of their areas.

  • Two colleges have advising centers staffed by professional advisors.
  • Some academic departments have professional advisors.
  • Most assign students to faculty advisors who also maintain teaching responsibilities.

In addition, advisors from each college annually participate in 24 campus-wide advising events coordinated by the Office of Academic Advising.

Centralized — There are three centralized units that perform and/or support advising at UNI:

1) The Office of Academic Advising

2) The Academic Learning Center

3) The Department of Residence

The first two report directly to the Office of the Provost; the last reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs. These units, although in different reporting lines,

  • Regularly collaborate on advising
  • Serve on advising and university committees together
  • At times share the same advisees
  • Participate in each other’s programming


Vision, Mission and Goals

This information has been set forth by the UNI Advising Council to the Provost.

Vision Statement:
UNI aspires to create the best academic advising experience for each student.

Mission Statement:
Academic Advising is a critical component of the teaching and learning environment at UNI. Advising is a personalized educational experience, empowering students to explore, articulate and achieve their academic, career and life goals. 

Advising Goals:

  1. Promote a culture of quality academic advising through advisor education, recognition and reward, and advising program assessment.
  2. Assist students in understanding the nature and purpose of higher education.
  3. Ensure that all students have access to knowledgeable and respectful advisors.
  4. Provide accurate information about university requirements, policies, and procedures.
  5. Encourage, support and guide students to take responsibility for meeting their own educational, personal and career goals.