STARR Program

Brescia University Athletics Academic Support

Overall Objectives of Student-Athlete Academic Recovery (STAAR) Program

  1. To enrich the academic success of student-athletes, with an emphasis on first year students and students falling below a 2.25 cumulative GPA.
  2. To instill strong time management skills and lasting study habits.
  3. To extensively monitor academic progress through the semester in order to maximize academic potential.
  4. To recognize and celebrate student-athletes' academic success
  5. To build strong relationships among the Department of Athletics, faculty, and staff in order to support student-athlete academics.

Responsibility of Student-Athlete:

  1. Attend all classes
  2. Communicate appropriately with professors regarding class absences due to competition conflicts (must be on the official team travel roster to be excused)
  3. Turn in all assignments and complete all course work in a timely manner
  4. Ask for help and use the resources available to all BU students.
  5. Grow intelligently each semester by challenging themselves academically
  6. Graduate from Brescia University

While it is the University and Department of Athletics goal to create an academically supportive environment, it is the student-athletes responsibility to become familiar with the academic policies of Brescia University. Participation in athletics is a privilege, and not to be considered an "extenuating circumstance" for not completing coursework. It is the student-athlete's responsibility to regularly communicate with professors regarding his/her class performance, and possible competition conflicts. It is ultimately the student-athlete's responsibility to work with professors, coaches, and academic support staff to become the best student, athlete, and representative of the university that they can be.

Responsibility of Coaches:

Coaches are asked to support the efforts of the Student-Athlete Academic Recovery Program and to communicate regularly with the academic coordinator in regard to their student-athletes' academic performance. At times, coaches may need to impose their own consequences, and/or support departmental policy regarding consequences for those student-athletes who are not fulfilling their academic obligations. Coaches are also asked to be flexible and communicate practice or travel requirements that may place a student-athlete at an academic disadvantage.

Academic Support Services

Assistance with minimizing and communicating conflicts for the student-athlete academic schedule

  1. Travel Letter- A "travel letter" will be provided to all in-season student-athletes as a means of communicating competition and class conflicts directly from student-athlete to professor. Only those student-athletes who are listed on the official travel roster may be excused from class due to a competition conflict.
  2. Advising Letter -During the advising periods each semester, returning student-athletes will have an "advising letter" to bring with them to advising meetings to help them register for classes that will have the least number of conflicts with their athletics schedule. (competition schedules, travel schedules, and anticipated practice times)

Academic Performance Tracking

Progress Reports- Progress reports are requested 5 weeks into the semester. This information is requested directly from professors who have Student-Athletes in their classes. The purpose of the progress report is to identify Student-Athletes who are at risk of failing based on class attendance, assignment completion, test scores, and attitude. The academic coordinator is responsible for reviewing the information and dispensing it appropriately to the coaching staff. Coaches are responsible for communicating with the Student-Athlete about his/her performance.   

Midterm Grade Reports- Midterm Grade Reports are reviewed 8 weeks into the semester. This information will be provided by the Registrars' office each semester. Professors are expected to submit midterm grades for all freshmen and upper class students.

Final Review of Semester Grades- Final grades are provided by the registrar and reviewed by the academic coordinator. This information is dispensed and communicated appropriately to the coaching staff. Information is used to help determine if the student-athlete is in future need of the STARR Program.

Study Hall

Study Hall is monitored and attendance is recorded and shared with coaches. Study Hall takes place in the Father Alvey Library, Monday thru Thursday 11 am – 2 pm.

Criteria for enrollment in Study-Hall

All first year, first semester, student-athletes

All first semester, transfer student-athletes

Returning student-athletes below a 2.25 Cumulative GPA

Returning student-athletes as recommended by coaches or college administrators.

2X60 minutes session per week. Each session must be completed in its entirety to receive credit for that session.

STAAR Celebrates Student-Athlete Success

STAAR will support, recognize and celebrate those student-athletes who are performing well academically.  Through opportunities such as:

  1. "Honor Society"-  National Honor Society for student-athletes (Juniors and Seniors 3.4 GPA)
  2. 3.0 Recognition Ceremonies and Faculty Appreciation Reception (basketball game)
  3. Nominations for local, regional, and national reception based on academic performance
    1. Conference Recognition
    2. Regional and National Recognition (Academic All-Americans)
    3. NAIA Awards
  4. Post-graduate NAIA Scholarship Awards
  5. Student-Athlete graduation sashes for graduates to wear at graduation.