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Haley Trost

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WEBINAR: Hit Your Target for New Student Enrollment

Posted by Haley Trost on April 21, 2017

Do you work in admissions, enrollment, or at a community college? If so, please join us for an upcoming webinar, Hit Your Target for New Student Enrollment, to learn new strategies for communicating with students and get the inside scoop on texting from Owens Community College. Register today!

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Topics: Events

AACRAO 2017- Here's What We Learned

Posted by Haley Trost on April 12, 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.

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Topics: Engagement, AACRAO, 2017

How to Solve The Biggest Problems with Student Engagement

Posted by Haley Trost on March 15, 2017
I recently got back from the NASPA Annual Conference for Student Affairs Administrators,  where a hot topic and buzzword was engagement. How do we engage students? Why do they become disengaged? What does the word engagement even really mean? With these questions buzzing around in my head, I turned to the National Survey of Student Engagement for some answers.
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Topics: Engagement, Texting, Students

Download: Blended Messaging Infographic

Posted by Haley Trost on January 27, 2017

One of Signal Vine's many unique functions is the ability to send scheduled mass messages and have one-on-one conversations all in one conversation thread. There's even a word for this: blended messaging. Learn more about what blended messaging is and how it helps you scale your text messaging program in today's infographic.

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Topics: Higher Education, Texting, Blended Messaging

Enjoy Texting On-the-Go with Your New Android App

Posted by Haley Trost on December 9, 2016

Texting students from your phone is simple and secure with the new Android mobile app. You can now text your students from wherever you are. All you have to do is download the app! 

The app is easy to use and very similar to the web platform. Since you already know how to use the web platform, managing the app will be that much easier. Already downloaded the app? Here’s how to manage text messages on your phone:

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Topics: News, Texting, App

Come See Signal Vine at NASFAA & NCCEP!

Posted by Haley Trost on July 8, 2016

The fireworks may be over, but we’re keeping the Independence Day spirit alive and well by spending the next two weeks in Washington, DC! We’ll be working with higher education institutions and college access organizations to support college access and success nationwide at two of our favorite conferences. Will you be there?

Financial aid professionals from around the country will be attending the 50th National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) conference to share best practices and finally learn what PPY means. Signal Vine will be at Booth #408, discussing how colleges use texting to increase FAFSA renewal rates and educate students about loan borrowing. Come early and you might just get some cool sunglasses to shade you from the DC sun.

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Topics: Events, NASFAA, Texting, NCCEP

Your Admissions Office and Text Messaging

Posted by Haley Trost on May 13, 2016


Congratulations on making it through another admissions cycle! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and… start planning for the next admissions cycle. Now that you’re incorporating text messaging into your admissions outreach strategy, there are a few things you should be thinking about when texting students at different stages in the funnel:

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The Do's and Don'ts of Texting Applicants

Posted by Haley Trost on March 2, 2016

Spring is upon us, and you know what that means: National College Decision Day is almost here! May 1st is the deadline for college-bound students to make tough choices about where to enroll in college. By now, most students have submitted their applications and are anxiously waiting to hear back.

The next two months are a critical time for colleges and universities to process applications, get students excited about college, and ultimately enroll a brand new class of students. Text messaging students as they transition from prospect to applicant to admit eases the process for both sides. Before sending that first text, admissions offices should consider the following do's and don'ts of texting applicants: 

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Topics: Admissions, Enrollment, Tips & Tricks, Higher Education, Best Practices

The Scholarship Search: How to Connect Students to the Right Resources

Posted by Haley Trost on January 15, 2016

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 offering to tell me what scholarships are and what they do and how I can get them and where I can apply and so on. It was overwhelming, and the future of my education didn’t even depend on it - I was only writing a blog post!

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Topics: College Access, Financial Aid, Scholarship

How the FAFSA Changes Will Impact Students

Posted by Haley Trost on September 18, 2015

This week marked a new milestone in the White House’s ongoin g eff orts to  provide students with access to affordable postsecondary education. On Monday, President Obama announced changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) intended to make the form faster and easier for students to file.
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Topics: Financial Aid, Higher Education