Case Study: College OPTIONS

Case Study: College OPTIONS

If you’re reading this, you likely already know that texting is a powerful tool for student engagement. But what about parent engagement? It turns out that texting is just as effective, if not more so, with parents. The College OPTIONS program measured the impact of their texting program with parents. Read on to learn about the […]

New Research: Text Nudges Increase National Enrollment

New Research: Text Nudges Increase National Enrollment

Texting students in a school district or even across the entire state has a measurable impact on student enrollment and college persistence. But can you achieve similar results with a national campaign, texting hundreds of thousands of students across a variety of schools and backgrounds? Kelli Bird, Benjamin Castleman, Joshua Goodman, and Cait Lamberton recently released a working […]

Catch Up with GEAR UP

Catch Up with GEAR UP

GEAR UP’s been a buzzword in education news recently. Need a quick recap on potential budget cuts and the approaching 2017 application deadline? See what GEAR UP programs are up to these days and learn how to win points on your grant application. 1) What is GEAR UP? GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness […]

Dual Enrollment’s New Superhero: College in High School Alliance

Dual Enrollment’s New Superhero: College in High School Alliance

Have you heard of the College in High School Alliance (CHSA)? It’s a coalition of schools, school networks, and advocacy groups that advocate for policies supporting high-quality dual enrollment programs. We attended a CHSA panel in Washington, DC last week to learn about promoting college success through dual enrollment programs. Read on to hear about the case studies […]

Why Do Low-Income Students Depend on Smartphones?

Why Do Low-Income Students Depend on Smartphones?

To be successful today, you have to be connected. We take internet connection for granted when we’re surrounded by our phones, computers, and tablets, but the truth is that internet access isn’t readily available to everyone. One reason is cost: paying for a computer, internet service, and a phone adds up quickly. Owning a smartphone […]

Read Summer Search’s “Texting for Success” Story

Read Summer Search’s “Texting for Success” Story

Summer Search recently wrote a blog post on their website about their texting pilot program  on their website. Check it out! Summer Search uses Signal Vine’s text messaging platform to help Bay Area students take timely action on important program milestones. Students receive personalized text messages that help them complete tasks such as registering for the SAT, […]

#TextingTuesdays: College Possible Testimonial

#TextingTuesdays: College Possible Testimonial

In this video spotlight, Nankya Senungi from College Possible shares her experiences using Signal Vine’s texting platform. College Possible initially used the Signal Vine platform to combat summer melt and increase their connections with students. Today, College Possible texts with 5,000 students that are enrolled in college. Nankya shares her program’s motivation for using texting, the […]

Let’s Talk About Text: LOSFA

Let’s Talk About Text: LOSFA

We spoke with Gus Wales, Director of Public Information and Communications for the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). Learn how LOSFA is text messaging high school and college students across the state to promote college access in this week’s Q&A. Please explain your program.  The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) administers all Louisiana State Scholarship […]

Let’s Talk About Text: CollegeCommunityCareer

Let’s Talk About Text: CollegeCommunityCareer

This week, we spoke with Kathy Rose at CollegeCommunityCareer about using texting with high school and college students. CollegeCommunityCareer helps low-income, first-generation high school students enroll in a four-year college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Read the Q&A below! What was the problem or challenge that led you to seek a texting solution? Using personal employees’ phones. […]