Trailblazer Success Program

Trailblazer Success Program

Jeff Puleri
Coordinator of Academic Success

3.0 Poster Fall 2018
3.0 Poster Spring 2018

3.0 Poster Fall 2017

3.0 Poster Spring 2017
3.0 Poster Fall 2016

The department has created a new position to academically support our student-athletes, the Coordinator of Academic Success (CAS).  The Trailblazer Success Program was created to support the 3-2-1 vision of the Athletic Department in assisting all student-athletes to reach and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA.

First Year, Transfer, and New Student-Athletes:

During the first semester at MCLA these student-athletes are required to complete 4 hours of study hall a week and have meetings with the CAS. After the first semester is completed they will be evaluated by that semester’s GPA (see table below).

Upper Class Students:

The previous semester’s GPA will dictate what column the student-athlete falls into.




2.49 & Below

  1. No required Study Hall
  1. No professor check-ins
  • Meet with CAS on a biweekly basis
  • Study Hall required- 2 hours a week
  • Professor check-ins
  • Meet with CAS on a weekly or biweekly basis
  • Study Hall required- 4 hours a week
  • Professor check-ins

Student-athletes have the option to have additional meetings or attend more study halls than their previous semester GPA requires.  Email Erica Li, CAS, at or drop by the office (CC 315B) to schedule meetings.

First Meetings & Meetings throughout the Semester:

Student-athletes must bring syllabi for all enrolled classes within the respective semester. Additionally, for both the first meeting and meetings throughout the semester the student-athlete must bring the schedule worksheet that is filled out for the upcoming week. For meetings throughout the semester, students must bring in graded assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. to determine academic progress. Meetings will run 15 minutes.

TSP Schedule:

Monday through Friday:  10 am to 4 pm: scheduled meetings on Canvas

Meetings are held in CAS office, which is located in the Campus Center (315B). 

There are study hall alternatives. A student-athlete can only use alternatives to count as half of their required hours per week. Student-athletes must get a study hall alternative form signed and returned back to CASD by the Friday of that week. Also, a student-athlete is required to attend a full requirement of study hall hours biweekly. Please get in contact if there are conflicts with meeting the requirements.

  • Study hall alternatives include: meeting with a CSSE tutor, appointment at the Writing Studio, attending a professor or teacher assistant run review sessions, attending a SI (supplemental instruction) session, and visiting the Math Drop-In Help Center.  If you think anything else could be an alternative, you need to discuss this with CAS beforehand.

Athletic and Academic Requirements:

Academic standing is evaluated at the end of the fall and spring semesters and will be based on a student-athlete’s cumulative GPA. A student-athlete may only be placed on probation once throughout their career and remain eligible to practice and compete. Once placed on probation, the student-athlete must fulfill all of the requirements set by the Center of Student Success and Engagement (CSSE). If a student-athlete is on probation for a second time they will be ineligible to practice or compete with the team until they become academically eligible again. Student-athletes are permitted to submit an appeal to the Director of Athletics within 10 days of final grades being posted. The appeal is for student-athletes who believe they have extenuating circumstances (the loss of an immediate family member; prolonged illness; recently diagnosed learning disability, etc.), which impacted their academic success. The appeal will be reviewed and the student-athlete will receive a response within five business days.

Eligibility Notices

The Athletic Department will issue an eligibility notice to the student-athlete at the following three stages:

1.       When a student-athlete is placed on their first academic probation, subsequently using their one “freebee” opportunity.
2.       When a student has re-established eligibility after their first semester on academic probation
3.       When a student-athlete is placed on academic probation a second time, the student will be ineligible to practice or compete with the team until they become academically eligible again, which will be decided at the conclusion of the semester.

Earned Credits          Good Standing            Probation                 Suspension

0-30                           2.000 or above             1.500-1.750               under 1.500
31-75                         2.000 or above             1.750-1.999               under 1.750
76 and above              2.000 or above             no probation               under 2.000