Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

Let's Talk About Text: LOSFA

Posted by Paige Altieri on October 5, 2016
We spoke with Gus Wales, Director of Public Information & Communcations for the The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) and learned how LOSFA is text messaging high school and college students across the state to promote college access. Read the answers below! 
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Topics: College Access, Higher Education, Q&A, Texting

Let's Talk About Text: Steps to Success

Posted by Paige Altieri on July 15, 2016
This week, Steps to Success shares the background and results of their texting program. Steps to Success is a college access organization. They text with students who are currently enrolled in college or plan to enroll. Read about their program below! 
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Topics: College Access, Q&A, Texting

Let's Talk About Text: Management Leadership for Tomorrow

Posted by Paige Altieri on June 29, 2016

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a non-profit organization that equips high-achieving underrepresented minorities with a winning professional playbook, one-on-one coaching and door-opening relationships that accelerate their career paths from college to MBA to senior leadership. MLT uses Signal Vine to facilitate engagement with participants, provide program updates and guidance, as well as to track participants throughout college. 

We spoke with Micheal McElveen, an Associate and Coach for MLT Ascend, to learn more about their texting program. Read his Q&A below!

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Topics: College Access, Q&A, Texting

Let's Talk About Text at the NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 29, 2016

 It is officially conference season and we are so excited to be attending the NCCEP Capacity Building Workshop in New Orleans next week! Check out our map below to see how many College Access Organizations are using Signal Vine. If you'll be at NCCEP next week, stop by our exhibitor table (#16) to learn more. Hope to see you there!

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Topics: College Access, Conferences, Research

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

Talking About Text on the 2015 #TextMeBack Tour

Posted by Signal Vine on November 6, 2015

At Signal Vine, we love to talk about text. We’ve found that the best way to reach organizations and talk about the power of texting is to meet them where they’re at - education conferences! The past few months have been a whirlwind of traveling, presenting, and meeting awesome organizations around the country who want to better engage students with texting.

The #TextMeBack Tour led us to so many different areas of the education field, which goes to show just how flexible and impactful texting can be with all kinds of student behaviors and outcomes. Here’s a sneak peek into our experience traveling the country to learn about the latest trends in education: 

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Topics: Admissions, College Access, Financial Aid, Parent Engagement, Academic Advising, Conferences, Higher Education, Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Enrollment

Let's Talk About Text: Commit2Dallas

Posted by Signal Vine on September 22, 2015

As part of our ongoing effort to share stories of text success, we recently spoke with another partner organization to learn more about the highs and lows of communicating with students. This week, we talked about text with Sagar Desai of Commit2DallasThrough text messaging, Sagar and the Commit2Dallas team have been better able to connect students with the counselors and resources they need to successfully enroll in college after graduating from high school. 

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Topics: College Access, Summer Melt, Q&A

NCAN Members Use Texting to Combat Summer Melt

Posted by Miranda Palter on August 21, 2015

This summer, the National College Access Network (NCAN), partnered with us to implement text-based outreach services to their member organizations to support their students’ transition from high school to college. 

The summer intervention draws from the lessons of applied behavioral economics research by Drs. Benjamin Castleman and Lindsay Page, which showed an 11% increase in matriculation when sending personalized text message “nudges” to students during the summer between high school and college. The program allowed participating organizations to opt students into a Summer Melt Campaign, with messages designed by NCAN and personalized to students’ college choices. 

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Topics: College Access, Summer Melt, Higher Education, Engagement

How to Answer Students' Questions (Before They Ask)

Posted by Haley Trost on August 14, 2015

Have you ever had so many questions that you don’t even know where to begin? It’s overwhelming - and it’s what millions of first year college students are experiencing as the new school year approaches. 

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Topics: College Access, Tips & Tricks, Student Life, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Higher Education, Best Practices

What is Summer Melt?

Posted by Haley Trost on July 31, 2015

It’s almost August and the 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 melted away from the college-going process over the summer. 

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Topics: College Access, Summer Melt, Research