Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

Txt 4 Success Workshop at the NCCEP Conference

Posted by Brian Kathman on July 24, 2015


This week, Signal Vine sponsored our first “Txt 4 Success” workshop at the Annual NCCEP conference in San Francisco, welcoming a packed room of 45+ attendees wanting to learn how to incorporate interactive text messaging into their GEAR UP programs. The session was hosted by Dr. Adam Green and Jessica Kennedy with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and we joined Alex Chewning from uAspire to provide additional content and perspective.

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Topics: College Access, Conferences, Summer Melt, Higher Education, Research

Signal Vine Heads To NCCEP

Posted by Miranda Palter on July 17, 2015

Last year, the Signal Vine Team joined GEAR UP programs around the country at the Annual National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Conference in Washington D.C. We had the opportunity to present with Dr. Castleman on his Summer Melt research, and share our experiences using text messaging to guide low-income students through the college-going process. This intervention improved matriculation rates by 11% and first-year persistence rates by 20%. 

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Topics: College Access, Conferences, Higher Education, Nonprofit

Good News - Dual Acts for Dual Enrollment

Posted by Haley Trost on July 10, 2015

We see a lot of exciting developments happening in the education field every day, and one area we anticipate exploding in the coming years is dual and concurrent enrollment. Dual and concurrent enrollment allows high school students to take college courses and earn credit - it’s a great way to improve academic outcomes and nudge students onto the path towards higher education. 

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Topics: College Access, Higher Education, Nonprofit, Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Enrollment

A Texting Story

Posted by Brian Kathman on July 8, 2015

You may have seen our video 'A Texting Story' already, but we thought it would be interesting to give a little bit of background. We've been hearing a lot of moving, personal stories over the past 15 months that highlight how we can impact a student's path, but never quite felt that words on a webpage did these stories justice. So when we stumbled upon The Draw Shop, a light bulb went off... this is how we could share our stories with more people. Next thing we knew, we saw these stories come to life in the form of Jake.

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Topics: Admissions, College Access, Higher Education

Welcome to TextMeBack!

Posted by Brian Kathman on July 6, 2015

Welcome to TextMeBack, the place where our "Signal Squad" will be sharing everything and anything we think you'll be interested in hearing. There's more than enough information and pictures on our site to give you a sense of who we are, but let me share a little bit more about the Signal Vine community that you might not know (unless you've been working with us for a while).

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Topics: Admissions, Enrollment, College Access, K - 12, Tips & Tricks, Student Life, Financial Aid, Retention, Parent Engagement, Academic Advising, Conferences, Summer Melt, Higher Education, Nonprofit, Engagement, Research, Alumni