Center for Academic and Career Success

Remote or on-campus, the CACS is here for you!

The Center for Academic and Career Success is committed to providing all programs and services in both remote and in-person formats for the Spring 2021 semester. Please visit these links for more information and resources:


We have many different support options that offer drop-in help on a regular, weekly basis over the course of the semester.


We provide a variety of academic support options to all students completely free of charge!


Help right when you need it! Utilize online resources to build academic skills.

Our Mission:

To assist Paul Smith’s College students in achieving their academic goals by providing a variety of effective academic support options.

Paul Smith’s first established a peer tutoring program in 1985. Since then, we’ve grown to become a comprehensive academic support program. Each year, many Paul Smith’s students take advantage of the broad range of services we offer in order to reach their goals for academic success. Our caring and dedicated staff work closely with our faculty to provide the kind of support that will improve learning and classroom performance. Please stop by our home on the second floor of the Joan Weill Adirondack Library. We look forward to meeting you!


Courtney Bringley

Dean of Students
(518) 327-6059
Joan Weill Adirondack Library 205

Courtney has been at Paul Smith’s College for ten years. Throughout this time she has been a driving force behind the College’s comprehensive student support initiatives and oversees all of the College’s student support programs and services.  As the Dean of Students she provides leadership for the teams in the Center for Academic and Career Success and Student Affairs. Courtney communicates daily with our students, faculty, and staff to ensure the student support programs we provide are meeting the needs of each and every student on campus.  In addition to providing leadership for the student experience, Courtney is very involved with our First Year Seminar course and sometimes teaches a class or two each semester. Courtney is available to talk with both students and their families who are attending or interested in attending Paul Smith’s College, and who want to know more about the various support services and programs that are available on our campus.

Tracy Elliott

Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction Services Coordinator

(518) 327-6137 

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library 208 A

Tracy coordinates academic support options for students as a  part of  the peer tutoring program, which includes: course-specific peer tutoring, peer writing support, study groups, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). Tracy hires and trains our peer tutors and SI Leaders, developing team-building activities and providing supervision, guidance, and support for her student leaders. She also oversees the scheduling of tutoring sessions for students seeking support through Starfish and reports on outcomes and success rates for the program. If you have any questions regarding any of these academic support options, contact Tracy! She is happy to help.

Melinda Bard

Success Coach
(518) 327-6444
Joan Weill Adirondack Library Room 120

Melinda works with students both as an Success Coach, as well as in the Math department. As a Success Coach Melinda works with students one-on-one to help them reach their full potential during their time at Paul Smith’s College. Meetings include helping students with setting both academic and personal goals, discussing time management techniques, study and organizational strategies, and how to have a healthy academic-life balance. Melinda also works directly with students in both the Academic Recovery and Transitional Programs on a weekly basis, as well as does outreach to at-risk students. Melinda’s other roles involve teaching a section of College Algebra as well as working as a Professional Math Tutor in the Center for Academic and Career Success.

Maureen Pellerin

Success Coach
(518) 327-6959

Center for Academic and Career Success
Joan Weill Adirondack Library Room 119

As one of the CACS’s Success Coaches, Maureen primarily works with students one-on-one to help them reach their academic, professional, and personal goals and realize their fullest potential at Paul Smith’s College. When working with students, Maureen focuses on goal setting, time management, study skills, organizational strategies, stress management techniques, and career planning. This fall, Maureen will also be working with students in the Academic Recovery and Voluntary programs, while also assisting with student outreach and teaching a section of First-Year Seminar.


Contact Us »

Joan Weill Adirondack Library

Second Floor | Room 204


(518) 327-6046

Hours: M- F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.