In the News
Organizations using Signal Vine are frequently featured in news stories about the successes they’ve seen with text messaging. Read the most recent articles below:
EdTech, October 23rd, 2017
Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Campaign reaches kids where they are- on their phones! Better Make Room reached more than 96,000 students and saw a 50 percent response rate from students who received the messages.
Education Week, October 17th, 2017
Freshman year Financial Aid text nudges increased college enrollment rates by 7%. Read about other ways you can nudge your students here!
Real Clear Education, October 13th, 2017
A survey of 22,000 Americans found that formal sources for college information were the least helpful for students going though the college process. Since we can not rely on students finding the help they need, students need accurate college planning information sent directly to them in real time.
The Washington Post, October 3rd, 2017
Completing the FAFSA can be a daunting task but researcher Ben Castleman found that engaging students through text increased FAFSA completion by 12%!
Getting Smart, September 30th, 2017
Keep it short and simple, build an effective strategy and get a response! Signal Vine CEO Brian Kathman expands on how these three texting tips can help students succeed.
Nibletz, September 25th, 2017
Signal Vine recently released two new features, Quick Message and Signal Support Center, that are aimed at helping customers get the most out of the platform.
Campus Technology, September 25th, 2017
Signal Vine added a new feature that makes it easier to to send personalized and targeted text messages to groups of students. Read more about the Quick Message feature here!
EduWire, September 12th, 2017
Signal Vine CEO Brian Kathman writes about how small, bite-sized text reminders are key in helping students complete the FAFSA
Workforce Essentials: Apps help schools and teachers reach students where they are – on their phones
California Economic Summit, August 25th, 2017
Students live on their phones and the most effective way to reach them is through text! While using Signal Vine, organizations see between 70-90 percent student response rates and increased staff capacity.
University Business, August 22nd, 2017
Highly targeted texts help students receive the timely information they need to enroll in college. Read more about how personalized, relevant, and specific texts can have a huge impact for students!
The Wall Street Journal, August 11th, 2017
The Wall Street Journal addresses how ‘summer melt’ can cost colleges and universities thousands of dollars in lost revenue as students who intended to go to college decide not to go. Schools are now using more tactics to target students during these crucial summer months like using Signal Vine to text students!
Ed Scoop, August 11th, 2017
Signal Vine Customer Meghan Schmidbauer from Owens Community College discusses the impact Signal Vine has had on her students in an interview with Ed Scoop. Read about Owens Community College’s first hand experience on how texting is the most effective way to reach students today.
NASFAA, July 26th, 2017
Signal Vine and Study.com have created innovative ways to decrease summer melt and help students overcome barriers to the college going process!
Business Wire, July 26th, 2017
Signal Vine, a leading enterprise text messaging platform used by higher education institutions to improve student retention and persistence, announced today it has secured $2 million in Series A funding.
EdSurge, July 26th, 2017
Signal Vine has raised $2 million in a Series A round led by New Markets Venture Partners.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, July 23rd, 2017
Check out Signal Vine CEO Brian Kathman’s interview with Diverse. The article discusses how Signal Vine is tackling summer melt by helping students overcome barriers to higher education.
Norwalk Daily Voice, July 21st, 2017
Norwalk Community College is reducing summer melt by offering students an array of support services to help them navigate the college going process.
Chalkbeat, July 20th, 2017
Tennessee is the state with the highest percentage of FASFA completion with 73.5% of students filling for the upcoming year- a 3.2% increase from the last year.
National College Access Network, July 11th, 2017
Changes to the FAFSA process have lead to an over all 6% increase in FAFSA filling over the last year.
University of Virginia EdPolicy Works, July 2017
Michelle Obama’s efforts to help students pursue higher education has had a large effect on FAFSA filling rates. Read about the research here!
Louisiana Department of Education, July 10th, 2017
FAFSA submissions increased by 7% in the state of Louisiana, leading more students to have access to the funding thy need to pursue higher education.
DCA Live, June 16, 2017
DCA Live is celebrating the next generation of great companies in the DC area, and we’re excited that Signal Vine has been chosen as a 2017 Red Hot Company!
Behavioral Scientist, June 6, 2017
Ben Castleman examines texting as a novel approach to scaling high-impact interventions for Americans pursuing college.
NBC News, May 22, 2017
First-generation college students beat summer melt thanks to timely text messages. Check out Minnesota Department of Higher Education’s rap video about summer melt.
MPR News, May 17, 2017
Kat Klima of the Minnesota Department of Higher Education explains in this audio story how their summer melt texting program is improving outcomes for students across the state.
Getting Smart, April 27, 2017
Mentoring models that reflect how students connect with each other – particularly via text message, emoji and GIFs – can have a real and long-lasting impact.
Eduventures, April 4, 2017
Eduventures names Signal Vine as a top 5 Ed Tech company to watch in 2017! Read more about how Signal Vine is used to increase communication between students and higher education institutions.
NewsRadio WINA, March 24, 2017
Listen to a podcast interview with Ben Castleman, one of the authors of the study Nudging at a National Scale! He discusses the results of the national nudging campaign, and how text messages can be one of the most impactful forms of nudging communication.
University of Virginia, March 22, 2017
Researchers partnered with The Common Application to help reach over 450,000 high school seniors through an outreach campaign that included texts. They found that sending targeted messages on how and when to complete the FAFSA had a profound positive effect on enrollment rates, especially for low-income students.
NPR, March 2, 2017
Text messages were used to alert parents when their child missed assignments or class sessions. Across the 22 middle and high schools participating in the intervention, course failures decreased by 39% and class attendance increased by 17%.
Inside Higher Ed, March 2, 2017
Other states have run into multiple barriers as they attempt to replicate the Tennessee Promise, a free community college program. Not only has Tennessee created a free community college program, but the state has also focused on messaging as a way to help students. Officials believe the lack of text messaging is one reason other states are not seeing the same success.
Signal Vine is recognized as the enterprise solution for texting in higher ed!
The College Directions Blog, February 13, 2017
EL Haynes Public Charter School uses Signal Vine to text their recent alumni regarding the steps in their college process. Barrie Moorman, who works in alumni support, stated: “We had a 70% engagement rate among students with the platform and appreciated the opportunity to provide information to and get information from students in this format.”
The New York Times, January 6, 2017
Text-messaging campaigns directed at students during the summer can reduce summer melt and keep college freshmen on track for their sophomore year. Texts about aid and college choice are currently being sent to over half a million students through the Signal Vine platform.
Summer Search, November 14, 2016
Summer Search uses Signal Vine to text their students during the college application process. The text messages that Bay Area Summer Searchers receive focus on registering for SATs, completing FAFSA, and submitting a housing deposit. Summer Search has seen a response rate of 88% from their Bay Area students.
Common Application, October 31, 2016
The Common Application partners with Signal Vine and Better Make Room to provide high school students personalized guidance on how to apply and pay for college.
Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard, October 20, 2016
Researchers designed and implemented a text-messaging campaign that improved FAFSA filing outcomes. 17,000 high school seniors in Texas and all public high school seniors in Delaware received this text-based outreach. Filing earlier helps students receive more substantial financial aid options and have more postsecondary options open to them.
The Common Application, October 7, 2016
More than half a million students in Texas and across the country have begun receiving text messages encouraging them to apply for financial aid starting in October. This program, powered by Signal Vine’s technology, will encourage all students, especially those that are low-income and first-gen, to complete the FAFSA early to receive the maximum amount of student aid.
Johns Hopkins University Press, October 7, 2016
Texting is an increasingly popular way to communicate important information and offer advising assistance. For instance, using text messaging through Signal Vine to encourage community college freshmen to renew their financial aid can increase sophomore year persistence by nearly 25 percent.
The Behavioural Insights Team, September 15, 2016
New research continues to demonstrate the impact of text messaging on influencing behavior. The most recent report finds that using text messaging to encourage a learner’s social network to engage with the learner can result in increased attendance (an 11% improvement).