A recent article published by Campus Technology reports:
“College math readiness is a persistent problem for higher ed institutions across the U.S. According to a 2014 report from ACT, 57 percent of ACT-tested high school graduates across the country failed to meet math readiness benchmarks. When these students show up for their first year of college, they must take developmental classes to catch up — and too many never pass those courses. But by combining college and high school math content in an online environment taught in high school computer labs, educators in the state of Tennessee believe they have found a solution.”
Last year Tennessee piloted a blended learning program called SAILS (Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support). In a SAILS classroom, students who have struggled in math can become successful. Replacing lectures with a technology based, self-paced instructional environment, the program blends online instruction with individual assistance to give students the help they need.
“Tennessee is already reaping the benefits of SAILS. From August through December of 2013, students saved 6,350 semesters of learning support (remedial math) and $3.5 million in tuition and books, according to the SAILS program.”
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 of SAILS this academic year as part of his Drive to 55, an initiative to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials to 55 percent by 2025.
Dr. Kim McCormick, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Chattanooga State Community College said “Chattanooga State is honored to be the birthplace of SAILS Tennessee!”