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What is the SAILS Project?

What is the SAILS Project?

SAILS stands for Students Achieving Improved Learning Strategies.

Roane State has embarked on a multi-year plan designed to improve student learning.  We want to help you be more successful in your classes. We want to teach and share with you learning strategies that can help you remember more, understand more, be prepared more, and in general, be more efficient learners.

We want your experience at Roane State to be one of joy and enlightenment.  We want you to reach your educational and career goals. We want you to gain confidence as you successfully navigate your way through your courses.  The SAILS Project can help you achieve your dreams. Please plan to visit often to find information you can use immediately.

What should you know about SAILS now?

  • Some faculty will be teaching specific learning strategies in their courses—strategies that will help you learn their course material. Probability & Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology I, Composition I, Learning Support Reading, Learning Support Writing, and Learning Support Math are just a few of the courses that will have participating instructors.

    Participating faculty will teach you one of seven learning strategies, each of which is designed to help you accomplish one of three goals while completing your class work: read to understand, listen actively, or organize more effectively.
  • A course is being offered to help you be a more successful student. COLS 1010 (SOS: Study—Organize—Succeed) is a college level 3-credit-hour elective. You can sign up for the class when you sign up for all of your classes or, because some sections of the class will not start until week five or six of the semester, you can sign up during the early part of the semester after you realize you might need some help. This class will help you perform better in your other classes. The class may be in a hybrid format. This means that you will be in class with your instructor part of the time, and the other part of the class will be conducted online via Momentum. The class may be offered as an express class which means the entire class will be only five weeks long. The class is designed to support your academic success. It will reduce your academic stress rather than add to it. For example, no tests will be given in COLS 1010 and most of your assignments will be study strategies to apply to courses you are subsequently taking.
  • Some Allied Health students who have been admitted into their programs can take advantage of learning a SAILS study strategy within their program orientation sessions. These sessions will take place during the summer months with specific information being mailed or emailed to qualifying students. The sessions will jumpstart students into course material while demonstrating effective learning strategies that will enhance their success. The workshops will be repeated with each new recruited class and gradually additional Allied Health Science program workshops will also be added.
  • Additional services:
    • Seek tutoring early. Learning Center tutors are trained to assist you, and this is a free service. Don’t wait until you fall behind and then have to struggle to catch up and keep up all at the same time. Go to to find out how the learning center can serve your needs.
    • Think of Library personnel as your supporters as well. Research assistants are available to help you find relevant information for your essay assignments. You will be thrilled when you see the research guides that the library has assembled. Go to to see the research guides as well as the wealth of additional aids available to you at your fingertips.

As the SAILS Project continues, you will have more opportunities to take advantage of its key elements.  Plan to visit often as a way to stay informed.

How did The SAILS Project come about?

How did The SAILS Project come about? As part of Roane State’s re-accreditation process through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), the institution was required to create a five-year plan to improve student learning. These plans are referred to as Quality Enhancement Plans. Roane State worked hard over a two-year period to gather data from an array of sources including faculty, staff, students, and community advisors to devise a plan that would meet the needs of Roane State students. From this wide-ranging study, the topic SAILS was selected and the plan was then developed and implemented to bring the SAILS Project to life. This is an exciting time both for students and faculty. By working together, faculty and students can reap the rewards of improved student learning, the primary goal of The SAILS Project.

View the full Quality Enhancement Plan

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