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 […]

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 […]

In the News: Text Your Way to College

In the News: Text Your Way to College

A recent op-ed by David L. Kirp published in The New York Times examines how texting programs can nudge students towards better educational choices. Kirp focuses particularly on the use of texting interventions to reduce summer melt and to encourage students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for college. The article cites several programs that use Signal Vine’s text messaging platform […]

What We Learned on Our 2015 Conference Tour

What We Learned on Our 2015 Conference Tour

We’ve spent the past couple of months traveling from conference to conference on our 2015 #TextMeBack tour! Here’s a sneak peek into the latest trends in education: NCAN We kicked off our fall tour in sunny Orlando at the National College Access Network conference. Our booth was flooded with familiar faces, new friends, and people petting our mascot, Squiggle […]

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? […]

NCAN Uses Texting to Beat Summer Melt

NCAN Uses Texting to Beat Summer Melt

This summer, the National College Access Network (NCAN) and its member organizations used Signal Vine to support their students’ transition from high school to college and beat summer melt. The summer intervention was based on the behavioral economics research by Drs. Benjamin Castleman and Lindsay Page. The research showed an 11% increase in matriculation as a result of sending […]

What is Summer Melt?

What is Summer Melt?

What Causes Summer Melt? It’s almost August and summer is starting to wind down. Students around the country are getting ready to head to college soon – except for the 500,000 college-intending high school graduates who will experience “Summer Melt.” College is so close to being a reality for these students, and yet they won’t be […]