Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

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

College Foundation of West Virginia's Texting Program

Posted by Paige Altieri on August 3, 2016

We know how effectively text messaging improves student outcomes, and we love to share all of the new research that supports text messaging with you. The latest published research asked: Can text message nudges improve academic outcomes in college? The answer: Yes! 

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Topics: Higher Education, Research, Texting

7 Things You Didn't Know About Texting

Posted by Miranda Palter on June 9, 2016

Texting is everywhere and everyone texts, but how much do you actually know about texting? You might know how to send an emoji, but do you know what the first text message said? We've gathered seven of the best texting facts to share with you - enjoy! 

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Topics: Research, Facts, Texting

How to Convince Your Boss You Need a Texting Platform

Posted by Paige Altieri on April 19, 2016

We understand that the decision-making process in higher education takes plenty of time and effort. We want to help you build the business case for texting! Share the following resources with your boss to help them understand and appreciate the value of a texting platform. 

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Topics: Retention, Engagement, Research

Low-Income Students Pay Almost Half Their Earnings in Tuition Costs

Posted by Jessica Perkins on April 6, 2016

Time and time again, we see students struggling to afford college tuition when universities fail to meet students' financial needs. A recent report by Steven Burd, a policy analyst at New America, revealed that this reccuring problem is now significantly affecting extremely low-income students. Burd has found that there are hundreds of schools that are expecting families who make $30,000 or less per year to pay more than half of their salary in tuition costs. A large portion of these schools appear to be private nonprofit colleges. 

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Topics: Enrollment, Higher Education, Research

How to Identify and Retain At-Risk Students with Text Messaging

Posted by Miranda Palter on February 25, 2016

Student retention is one of the most difficult tasks higher education institutions face in today’s competitive, information-heavy environment. It’s also one of the most important tasks, because retaining students improves long-term outcomes for both students and institutions.

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Topics: Retention, Higher Education, Research

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

Text Messages Help High Risk Borrowers Make Informed Loan Choices

Posted by Paige Altieri on January 8, 2016

Earning a college degree can be a fulfilling life experience - and a costly one. Student debt is continually rising and increasingly emerging as a policy concern. Though student loans are supposed to help students, some question the long-term effects on student borrowers. Community college and for-profit students in particular are at risk, since they often don’t have the resources or means necessary to understand the implications of a complicated loan origination process.

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Topics: Student Life, Financial Aid, Research

Texting Tip: Punctuation Matters

Posted by Paige Altieri on December 15, 2015

When we text students, we want our messages to come off as friendly and approachable, while still keeping it professional. The goal is to reach and engage students - not make them laugh at our formality or our misguided attempts to use (what we think is) the cool text lingo. We wrestle between using “u” or “you,” “2” and “to,” “gr8” and “great”… but maybe we’re overthinking things. It turns out that the friendliness of text messages might come down to the simplest of punctuation marks: the period.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Research, Best Practices

Technology Traps: How to Avoid Them… And Spend Money Wisely

Posted by Stephanie Sickler Sweetland on October 30, 2015

Does your organization continue to spend money on technology and programs that are outdated and no longer seem to work? Is your organization making investment choices based on criteria other than effectiveness or outcomes? These are technology traps organizations fall into over and over, allocating budget dollars for technology that doesn’t move the needle on outcomes and absorbs valuable budget dollars that could be better spent on high-impact interventions. To maximize your impact, it's critical for your organization to avoid these traps.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Engagement, Research, Best Practices