This policy brief from Higher Ed for Higher Standards explores the Tennessee Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program as a model for increasing student access to and success in community college. Students are enrolled in the TN SAILS program based on 11th grade assessment results. The program makes use of blended learning and an embedded college development curriculum in the senior year to prepare students to take credit-bearing courses during their first year of college.
After early success, the TN SAILS program was scaled statewide in the 2013-14 school year and is now a key strategy under Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 campaign. Drive to 55 aims to increase the percent of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025. Since the launch of TN SAILS, the number of students entering community college in need of math remediation has decreased by 15.6 percent, saving students approximately $64 million in tuition.