Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

The associate vice provost for student success (AVP) reports to the senior vice provost and is responsible for providing senior-level leadership and planning for the facilitation of key student success and retention initiatives across the university. The AVP will understand and employ national best practices to guide the development and implementation of efforts in student success.

The AVP will advise the senior vice provost and other campus leaders on key retention and student success issues, provide recommendations for strategic planning and collaborate with several diverse student support units. The AVP will build and foster collaborations within and outside NIU to establish critical partnerships that support the mission of the university. The AVP will serve on the Student Experience Team (SET) leadership team and foster partnerships with Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Affairs.

The AVP has oversight authority for the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), Orientation and First-Year Programs (OFP), Career Services, Academic Advising Center, Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS), Navigate and Retention Coordinator, Planning and Assessment Director and Huskie Academic Support Center including providing leadership around fiscal, structural and performance-related matters.

The successful candidate will possess a unique combination of strong leadership, interpersonal skills, a student-focused mindset, a visionary nature and the strong organizational skills to oversee the implementation of initiatives at a practical level. Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate commitment to advancing NIU’s mission, vision and values; a deep commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; and an understanding of innovative approaches and best practices in the field.

The successful candidate will be of unimpeachable integrity and superb judgment, exemplified by fairness, flexibility, empathy, responsiveness, and broad and compelling personal and professional experience. Exceptional communications skills are required — especially strong listening skills and an ability to find and form consensus.

Key Objectives

  • Work with academic colleges; Student Affairs; Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; students; and advising services (academic, career, and financial) to leverage synergies and respond to issues collaboratively and efficiently.
  • Provide leadership as part of the strategic enrollment plan to identify ways to institutionalize and enhance high-impact practices as a means for increasing student retention, persistence and academic, career, and financial success.
  • Continue to identify possible synergies among academic service units and encourage and support collaboration and partnership where possible.
  • Identify grant funding opportunities and complete grant proposals.
  • Provide strategic leadership for institutional efforts to identify, enhance and track student success.
  • Work in partnership with colleges and campus units to ensure alignment with strategic goals related to retention, persistence and career success.
  • Have direct oversight of the following units: Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL), Orientation and First-year Experience (OFP), Career Services, Academic Advising Center, Student Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS), Huskie Academic Support Center, the Provost’s Student Advisory Board, the Navigate and Retention coordinator and director of Planning and Assessment.
  • Work with and further develop partnerships with external partners including the Presidents for Latino Student Success, One Goal, Bottom Line and other similar partnerships.
  • Serve on the ACCAP Committee or other similar campus-wide committees. Attend meetings with advising directors, providing support and information where needed. Support efforts to recognize outstanding faculty and staff exemplars in engaged learning.

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About NIU

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Northern Illinois University's vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach.

The mission of Northern Illinois University is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.

In pursuing our vision and fulfilling our mission, we value and practice:

  • Curiosity and creativity.
    • We provide our students active learning experiences.
    • We champion innovation.
    • We commit our resources to supporting students, faculty and staff in their research, artistry and professional development.
  • Equity and inclusion.
    • We seek and are strengthened by the diverse perspectives and experiences of our university community members.
    • We use an inclusive decision-making process.
    • We appreciate and respect every member of our community.
  • Ethics and integrity.
    • We prepare our students to become global leaders who work to build a better society.
    • We model ethical behavior in and out of the classroom.
    • We are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders.
  • Service and stewardship.
    • We serve society and confront local, national and global challenges through collaborations that improve our learning, teaching and research.
    • We make accessible the knowledge and resources we create.
    • We promote our students' success through advising and mentoring.

Student Profile

Total Student Enrollment

16,769 (Fall 2020)

  • Undergraduate: 12,277
  • Graduate: 4,185
  • College of Law: 307

Average Student Age

  • Undergraduate: 22
  • Graduate: 33

Male/Female Categories

  • Undergraduate: 47.2% male; 52.8% female
  • Graduate: 41.7% male; 58% female 

International Students

735 international students from 118 different countries

Ethnic/Racial Categories–Undergraduate (Fall 2020)

  • White: 48.2%
  • Black: 19.2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 21.1%
  • Asian: 5.9%
  • Two or more races: 3.9%
  • Non-res. Alien: 1.4%
  • Native American: 0.1%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.1%
  • Unknown 0.2%

Average High School Class Rank (Fall 2020)

  • High School Class Rank (percentile) for NIU freshmen: 63.1
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