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About Academic Achievement & Retention Services

AARS Program Mission Statement:

The mission of Academic Achievement and Retention Services is to inspire students to achieve academic success and empower them to develop their personal and professional strengths.

What is it?

Academic Achievement and Retention Services (AARS) provides holistic advising designed to increase the persistence and graduation of undergraduate students, focusing on targeted populations.  Our advisors provide intentional and integrated strategies to empower students in their academic planning, career and graduate school exploration, and financial literacy education.  

Why does it work?

AARS advisors are well-versed in the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) curriculum; policies and procedures; developmental, intentional, and appreciative advising theories; and personalized strategies to increase academic success.  They provide general academic advising to enhance, but not replace, the role of the student’s major advisor and assist in the development of educational plans that identify life goals and objectives.  

How does it work?

Many opportunities exist for students to meet with their AARS advisor to evaluate and resolve academic, financial, career, and/or personal challenges throughout their undergraduate careers.  Students from all academic programs and classifications maintain advising relationships from matriculation to graduation.   AARS advisors serve as a liaison and/or referral for in-depth services students may need to succeed and graduate from the University of Northern Iowa.