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SAILS Overview

SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support) introduces the college developmental math curriculum in the high school senior year. By embedding the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Learning Support Math program in the high school Bridge Math course, students can get a head start on their college career. Students who successfully complete the program are ready to take a college math course, saving them time and money while accelerating their path to graduation.

Students who take the ACT their junior year and score less than a 19 in Math are required to take the Bridge Math course their senior year. In SAILS, these students can complete the college Learning Support Math program, preparing them for a college-level math course, which will give them a jump-start on their college career.

SAILS TN - Year 1

With support from the Department of Education, Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Legislature, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Governor's Office funded a statewide scale-up with $1.124 million. In Year One of SAILS Math TN, all 13 institutions in the TN Community College System partnered with 118 high schools serving 8,400 students. With just one half of the school year over, results have been impressive. 2,252 of the 6,003 students who started in the fall term have already completed the entire program, with approximately 2,400 more students starting in the spring. From August through December of 2013, students saved 6,350 semesters of learning support (remedial math) and $3.5 million in tuition and books. SAILS Math TN is attracting national attention for its innovative and practical solution to the college readiness problem. In year two, the SAILS Program expects to serve 12,000 students in 150 high schools across the state with the ultimate goal of impacting 30,000 students each year. Chattanooga State is leading the way in transforming the college-readiness landscape in the State of Tennessee.

For more information about SAILS, please contact:
Robert Denn • 423-697-2648 or
Kimberly McCormick • 423-697-2401

Advantages to Students

In a SAILS classroom, students who have struggled in math can become successful. The program blends online instruction with individual assistance to give students the help they need. Students in SAILS save both time and money, gaining up to three semesters and saving $1,500 in college tuition. Students completing the program in the fall are eligible to take a college-level math class in spring and may qualify for Dual Enrollment Grant funds.

Goal: Graduation

Studies have shown that giving students a head start in college increases both enrollment and graduation rates. Currently, dual enrollment programs are available for the best students to start their college career early, but SAILS expands these opportunities to all students.

The Time is Right

Several initiatives in Tennessee have the goal of increasing college graduation rates, including the College Complete Act and the Tennessee Diploma Project. By having TBR community colleges partner with their local high schools, SAILS can help Tennessee achieve its educational goals.

Trying Something New

Students who have struggled in the traditional lecture format of the high school math class will enjoy SAILS, which introduces blended learning, a combination of online instruction and individual assistance. By trying a new approach, students who have struggled in math can now succeed.


SAILS has already been piloted at four community colleges with fifteen of their local high schools and involving over 500 students. Based on these results, we expect approximately 90 percent of the students to save at least one semester in college, 60 percent to have two semesters, and 25 percent to save three semesters. The students who save two semesters have completed the program and are ready for college math, while students saving three semesters have finished a college-level math course as well. If spread throughout Tennessee, SAILS could positively impact over 40,000 students each year!

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