Succeed, Achieve, Improve & Learn (SAIL)
In 2012, Wake Tech invited all employees to submit proposals for helping students SAIL – Succeed, Achieve, Improve, and Learn. Working individually and in teams, employees submitted a wide range of ideas addressing issues that had been identified by Wake Tech’s annual institutional effectiveness planning, college performance measurements, and applied benchmarking projects. From the SAIL proposals, the college would select one to serve as its Quality Enhancement Plan (or QEP), a five-year plan of action addressing an issue related to student learning and the learning environment. Such a plan would be required for Wake Tech’s 2015 reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The SAIL proposals were assessed for QEP potential, and three were chosen for development into comprehensive QEP proposals by faculty-staff teams. These three were then submitted for review to internal stakeholders and external experts in November 2013. The official QEP for the college was selected in spring 2014. It is called EPIC, or e-Learning Preparedness Initiative across the College.
SAIL, which began as Succeed, Achieve, Improve, Learn, has evolved into Scaling Applied Benchmarking Innovations for Learning and become a process that can be used for college initiatives.