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This paper outlines the steps taken over a six-year period to implement the college redesign programs and the Tennessee SAILS program.
April 19, 2019
John Squires
Tags: Acceleration, 4. Streamline remediation options., Differential Capacity of Institutions

In 2009, Cleveland State Community College and Chattanooga State Community College implemented accelerated developmental math programs as part of the redesign of developmental studies at the Tennessee Board of Regents. In addition to boosting completion rates of both developmental and college math courses, studies have shown the programs close gender, race, and income achievement gaps. The model of instruction, which utilizes technology and incorporates mastery learning, focuses on providing individual assistance to students. In 2013, both colleges worked with their local high schools to introduce developmental math in the senior year of high school, laying the foundation for the Tennessee SAILS program. This initiative was spread statewide by 2015 and has resulted in a dramatic decrease in students needing remediation in mathematics after graduating from high school. This paper outlines the steps taken over a six-year period to implement the college redesign programs and the Tennessee SAILS program.