Let’s Talk About Text: Steps to Success

Let’s Talk About Text: Steps to Success

This week, Steps to Success shares the background and results of their texting program with Signal Vine. Steps to Success, a college access organization located in Massachusetts, texts students who are currently enrolled in college or plan to enroll. What’s the mission/purpose of your organization/department? Building upon the aspirations and skills of the young people we […]

Let’s Talk About Text: Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Let’s Talk About Text: Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a non-profit organization that equips high-achieving underrepresented minorities with a winning professional playbook, one-on-one coaching and door-opening relationships that accelerate their career paths from college to MBA to senior leadership. MLT uses Signal Vine to facilitate engagement with participants, provide program updates and guidance, as well as to track […]

Why Do Low-Income Students Struggle with College Access?

Why Do Low-Income Students Struggle with College Access?

Searching for and applying to colleges is a tough process for even the most prepared students. Low-income students face unique struggles throughout the process, no matter how high-achieving they may be. Over 2/3 of low-income students attend community or for-profit colleges and face lower graduation rates than their higher-income peers. Why is this? Low-income students also […]

See You at the NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop!

See You at the NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop!

We’re excited to attend the NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop in New Orleans next week! Check out the map above to see where nearby college access organizations are using Signal Vine. Will you be at CBW? Stop by our table (#16) to learn more about texting your students. See you there! How do GEAR UP programs use texting? Check it out

4 Ways to Pay for College

4 Ways to Pay for College

It all started with a Google search: “scholarships for college students.” In 0.29 seconds, I had in front of me a list of 2.55 MILLION links. All of them told me what a scholarship is and what it does and how I can get one and where I can apply and so on. It was overwhelming, and the […]

What’s the Deal with Messaging Apps?

What’s the Deal with Messaging Apps?

The #1 goal of communicating with students is to keep them engaged. With so many communication channels to leverage, it seems like we’re always one step behind students. It’s tempting to follow students from trend to trend as they move from Instagram to Snapchat and from WhatsApp to Kik. Before you do that, ask yourself: What’s […]

A Nudge in the Right Direction

A Nudge in the Right Direction

You may be familiar with Summer Nudging and the research around texting students to improve matriculation rates. But what exactly is a text message nudge? And why is it effective? Nudging is used in many behavioral science interventions, from tracking weight loss progress to influencing political decisions to improving rural literacy rates. A text message nudge is a simple […]

Let’s Talk About Text: Commit! Partnership

Let’s Talk About Text: Commit! Partnership

This week, we spoke with Sagar Desai of Dallas County’s Commit! Partnership to learn more about the highs and lows of communicating with students. Sagar and his team use texting to connect students with the counselors and resources they need to successfully enroll in college. Read the Q&A to learn more about their texting program. What is the Commit! Partnership? […]

What FAFSA Changes Mean for Your Students

What FAFSA Changes Mean for Your Students

This week marked a milestone in the White House’s efforts to improve access to affordable postsecondary education. On Monday, President Obama announced changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to make the form easier for students to file. The changes, which start with the 2017-18 FAFSA, allow families to submit the FAFSA as early […]

When to Send a Text

When to Send a Text

Now that you know why text messaging students is effective and how to send engaging texts, you’re probably wondering when you should text students. It isn’t simply about the time of day you send your texts. Successful text messaging programs are strategic about timing messages around important deadlines, events, and tasks. With that in mind, here are eight times […]