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 – […]

Why First-Generation Students Struggle to Succeed

Why First-Generation Students Struggle to Succeed

Who doesn’t love a success story of a first-generation college student who overcomes adversity and gets a degree? Kavitha Cardoza of the Washington Post writes about Christopher Feaster, a high school student in DC who lived in a homeless shelter for most of his life and was awarded $200,000 in college scholarships. It sounds like a […]

Will you be at NACAC?

Will you be at NACAC?

The Signal Vine team is headed to Boston! NACAC is one day away and we couldn’t be more excited for our fourth year of attending. Come say hi to Samantha and Elizabeth at booth #956 and grab some swag from them. We’ll also be hosting a happy hour at Rosa Mexicano on Thursday night starting at […]

What Students Want From Texting

What Students Want From Texting

There’s a lot you want your students to do: complete their college applications, finish their FAFSA forms, submit their housing registrations, etc. But have you thought about what your students want from you? Here are a few things students want, along with some tips to help you help them.  Students want the right answer. Let’s […]

Why They’re Not Texting You Back

Why They’re Not Texting You Back

Tinder, Bumble, OKC… you’ve tried them all, but when Friday night rolls around you’re once again on the couch, glass of wine in hand, binge-watching TV shows. Maybe they’re just not that into you. But that can’t be it – you’re awesome! So what gives? Be honest with yourself. How much effort do you really put into crafting your […]

4 Questions Your Boss Has About Texting Students

4 Questions Your Boss Has About Texting Students

You’ve known for years that your institution needs to be texting students, but getting your boss on board has been a challenge. Sound familiar? Below are four questions that every boss asks about texting. Use these to guide your texting conversations so you can give your boss answers he or she will love. 1. Is texting FERPA […]

Texting Takeaways from the 2017 AACC Convention

Texting Takeaways from the 2017 AACC Convention

It wasn’t easy to pull ourselves away from New Orleans’ famed alligator and crawfish dishes, but it was certainly worth it. When we weren’t eating everything in sight, we were taking in new ideas at this year’s American Association of Community College Convention. We spoke with community college administrators from around the country to learn about their communication […]

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 […]

What We Learned at AACRAO 2017

What We Learned at AACRAO 2017

A six-hour flight delay on our way home from Minneapolis didn’t stop us from having a great time at the 103rd AACRAO Annual Meeting! We spent three days learning about the communications struggles and successes that registrars and admissions teams see every day. In case you missed it, here are the top three things we […]