Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

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

Introducing Dual Enrollment’s New Superhero: College in High School Alliance

Posted by Samantha Yi on March 10, 2017
Have you heard of the College in High School Alliance (CHSA)? It's a coalition of schools, school networks, and advocacy groups that advocate for policies supporting high-quality dual enrollment programs. We attended a CHSA panel in Washington, DC last week to learn about promoting college success through dual enrollment programs. Read on to hear about the case studies that were discussed and the benefits of implementing a dual enrollment program at your institution.
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Topics: Higher Education, Dual Enrollment

What We Learned at Oracle Alliance

Posted by Peter Murray on March 8, 2017

Our team returned this week from an exciting Oracle Alliance conference in Las Vegas. More than 3,800 Higher Education User Group (HEUG) members attended to share ideas and best practices for using Oracle applications in higher education institutions. Read all about the conference in today's blog post.

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Topics: Texting, Conference

Last Chance to Register: Webinar on Engaging First-Year Students

Posted by Paige Altieri on March 3, 2017

Signal Vine kicked off 2017 with a new webinar series focused on texting best practices, new ideas and strategies, research, and customer success stories. The next webinar is on March 8th, featuring The University of New Mexico. Don't miss your chance to register! Space is limited. 

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Topics: webinar

CCCSE Report: Community Colleges and Financial Aid Borrowing

Posted by Samantha Yi on March 1, 2017

Why do students borrow in risky ways, run out of money, default on loans, and then ultimately withdraw from school? It's a common assumption that low-income students aren't financially literate. The 2017 report from The Center for Community College Student Engagementreveals that there may be more nuanced reasons to explain why students experience financial troubles. Keep reading to learn more about the report on student financial health.

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Topics: Financial Aid, News, Facts

8 Tools Everyone Who Works in Higher Education Should be Using

Posted by Paige Altieri on February 24, 2017

There are thousands of resources out there for people who work in higher education. We know it can be stressful to sort through and find what works best!

We went ahead and gathered a list of 8 tools that you should be using if you work in higher education. We have found that these tools help most when connecting with students, staff or alumni. Below, you'll also find great resources that will help you stay educated about what's happening in the world of higher ed. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Tools

#TextingTuesdays: Signal Vine's Integration with Salesforce

Posted by Paige Altieri on February 21, 2017
Welcome back to another episode of #TextingTuesdays! This week Hunter Watts, a Product Development Associate at Signal Vine, will review  Signal Vine's integration with Salesforce.
 
Watch this episode as Hunter explains how our Salesforce integration works:
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Topics: TextingTuesdays

Why do Low-Income Students Depend on Smartphones?

Posted by Elizabeth Pierce on February 15, 2017
To be successful in today’s society, 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.
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Topics: Texting, low-income, smartphones

Meet Our Mascot: Squiggle the Silkie Chicken

Posted by Paige Altieri on February 9, 2017
It's conference season for Signal Vine, which means a lot of traveling for our team! As we pack our most valuable items and double check our plane tickets, there's one thing that never gets left behind - our mascot, Squiggle the silkie chicken. Keep reading to see where Squiggle is headed next!
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Topics: Signal Vine

Health Education by Text Message: Results from Peer Health Exchange

Posted by Elizabeth Pierce on February 6, 2017
By now, you know that text messaging is a powerful way to reach students. Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is one of the latest organizations to experience the increased engagement of a text messaging program. PHE is a nonprofit organization committed to providing quality health education to students at high-need schools.  Lisa Flynn and Anthony Sawyer from  Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed the results of PHE's text messaging program, which you can  see here.
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Topics: Research, Texting