About Us - NIU - Office of Student Academic Success

About Us


The Office of Student Academic Success (OSAS) was created in July of 2009 as a direct result of NIU's 2008 Great Journeys Strategic Plan to bolster student persistence and success. OSAS is a great resource for NIU students as well as faculty and staff to help foster student success here at NIU.


The Office of Student Academic Success (OSAS) supports the university's mission by empowering students to achieve academic and personal goals through a comprehensive college-wide support network.  The OSAS maintains collaborative relationships across campus, supports faculty objectives, and encourages student use of educational resources, and leads student success efforts for the university.


The Office of Student Academic Success (OSAS) serves as a conduit of information and resources for students, faculty, and staff in an effort to promote best practices in student success and persistence.


  • To assist students in connecting to the appropriate campus resources in a timely and personal manner
  • To collaborate with colleges, advisors, and academic support units to develop and maintain common tools to assist students with academic planning and pacing
  • To partner with the colleges, faculty, and fellow support service units to identify and intervene with students who exhibit at risk behaviors  
  • To provide educational opportunities and resources for students to hone academic and soft skills
  • To develop mechanisms to retain students who may leave as well as to aid in the return to NIU for students who have stopped out
  • To stay current with practices and programs within the field of student success and retention
  • To help new students acclimate to Northern Illinois University
  • To educate the university community about the services and support that the Office of Student Academic Success provides

Have a question?

The staff of the Office of Student Academic Success strives to provide NIU students and staff with the best Huskie experience. If you feel stuck, have a question, or would like assistance, don't get frustrated, contact OSAS!