The University of Illinois at Chicago integrates noncognitive assets – such as academic mindsets, learning strategies and help-seeking behaviors – into its advising practices based on research by the Office for Research on Student Success that demonstrates the importance of these factors to student academic performance and retention. Incoming students complete an inventory pre-matriculation to assess their noncognitive assets and growth opportunities, and based on results, advisors receive a noncognitive profile tool for each of their first-year students. Advisors utilize the profile tool to tailor support to each student’s unique needs and intervene as necessary and as early as possible on noncognitive risk factors.

The profile tool was developed under the leadership of Dr. Susan Farruggia in collaboration with campus partners; the project has been supported by two grant providers, including the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, with additional consultation with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. For any inquiries about the project, please contact Dr. Farruggia at spf@uic.edu or 312-996-8115.