5 Reasons to Text Adult Learners

5 Reasons to Text Adult Learners

If there’s something we all know by now, it’s that institutions need to be texting high school and college students. But what about texting students over the age of 30? After reading these stats, you’ll be convinced that texting works for this demographic just as well as it does for traditional student populations.  1. People […]

We Are #Thankful4Pell

We Are #Thankful4Pell

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re starting to think about everything we’re thankful for. This year, we’re extra thankful for Turkey Day potatoes, pumpkin pies, and Pell Grants. This week, NCAN is reminding everyone to voice why we’re #Thankful4Pell. In the last academic year, 33% of all undergraduate students received a Pell Grant – […]

Changing a Cultural Phenomenon in Rural America

Changing a Cultural Phenomenon in Rural America

When it comes to improving college access, we tend to focus on the obvious barriers (like financial costs) that prevent high school students from achieving postsecondary success. But what do we do when a student’s main barrier to a college education is the culture surrounding them? A recent article from The Atlantic explores what happens […]

GEAR UP Week: Inside Our History with Summer Melt

GEAR UP Week: Inside Our History with Summer Melt

Did you know that Signal Vine was born out of summer melt research? That’s right – we’ve been working since day one with college access organizations to address the problem of summer melt. Over the years, we’ve worked with dozens of GEAR UP programs around the country to help get college-intending students on campus in […]

To Abbreviate, or Not to Abbreviate?

To Abbreviate, or Not to Abbreviate?

It can be tricky to craft the perfect text message to students. You have a lot to say, not much room to say it, and on top of that, you don’t want to be seen as trying too hard. This is where text abbreviations come in. When used appropriately, they go a long way with […]

Download: Your Essential Guide to Emojis

Download: Your Essential Guide to Emojis

You’re on the right track if you’re already texting students, but you may not realize that the way you text students can make or break your texting relationship. As students, we know when a text is coming from a machine and when it’s coming from a person. We want to talk to real people at […]

I Wish My Academic Advisor Texted Me

I Wish My Academic Advisor Texted Me

There’s always some task hanging over my head during the school year. I think most students will agree with me on that. Whether it’s upcoming registration dates, financial aid deadlines, or class approvals, there’s always something for students to do – but for some reason, we just don’t. I often put off tasks because I’m unsure […]

NEW REPORT: Low-Income Students Pay Half Their Earnings in Tuition

NEW REPORT: Low-Income Students Pay Half Their Earnings in Tuition

Students struggle to afford college tuition when universities fail to meet their financial needs. A recent report by Steven Burd, a policy analyst at New America, revealed that this particularly affects low-income students. Burd found that hundreds of schools expect families making $30,000 to pay more than half their salary in tuition. Many of these schools are private nonprofit colleges. Some […]

Why You Need an Opt-Out Texting Program

Why You Need an Opt-Out Texting Program

Organizations have lots of questions once they decide to start texting students. When should I send messages? Who should respond to students? How many messages is too many messages? The list goes on and on. One of the most common questions we get is whether students should opt in or opt out. What’s the difference, and which should your […]

Why I Needed Text Messages to Study Abroad

Why I Needed Text Messages to Study Abroad

When I decided to study abroad in Barcelona last semester, I couldn’t have been more excited. However, I quickly realized there was a lot to prepare. It took frequent communication with my advisor at George Washington University’s Office for Study Abroad to get everything in order. There was so much to keep track of: strict deadlines […]