Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

Let's Talk About Text: Youngstown State University

Posted by Signal Vine on October 17, 2016

Last week we talked to Millie Rodriguez from Youngstown State University. YSU has been using Signal Vine's platform since February to text prospective, new, and current students in the Distance Education program. YSU sought out a texting platform to help address the challenge of reaching students at all stages of the student lifecycle.

Read YSU's Q&A below! 

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Topics: Student Life, Q&A, Texting

Let's Talk About Text: CollegeCommunityCareer

Posted by Signal Vine on September 1, 2016
This week, we spoke with Kathy Rose at CollegeCommunityCareer about how they're using texting with high school and college students enrolled in a college success program. CollegeCommunityCareer helps low-income, first generation high school students enroll in a four-year college and graduate with a bachelor's degree. Read the Q&A below!
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Topics: Student Life, Q&A, Texting

Why College Dropouts Drop Out

Posted by Paige Altieri on June 3, 2016

It’s that time of the year when recent graduates are celebrating their hard work and planning the next steps in their journey - it's an exciting time for students and families. But what about all the students who didn't graduate on time, or at all? Why are there so many students dropping out before graduation day? 

Only 10 percent of students graduate from San Jose State University in four years. Ten percent. Marcos Pizarro, a professor at SJSU, believes there is more to the problem than a lack of motivation. He interviewed hundreds of students to find out exactly why so few students actually graduate.

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Topics: Student Life, Higher Education, Texting

Why I Wish I Received Texts From My Academic Advisor

Posted by Jessica Perkins on May 24, 2016

During the school year, there always seems to be some task that's hanging over my head - and I think most students agree. Whether it's upcoming registration dates, financial aid deadlines, or class approvals, there's always some task that we as students need to complete - but for some reason, we just don't.

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Topics: Student Life, Academic Advising, Higher Education

Why You Should Text Students Who Study Abroad

Posted by Jessica Perkins on March 10, 2016

When I decided to study abroad in Barcelona last semester, I couldn't have been more excited. However, I quickly realized that there was a lot of preparation that needed to be done, and it took frequent communication with my advisor to get everything in order. There was a lot to keep track of: strict deadlines for my visa application, language placement tests, class registration, course approval forms, and so much more.

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Topics: Student Life, Higher Education, Engagement

Why Low-Income Students Struggle in the College Process

Posted by Miranda Palter on February 4, 2016

Searching for and applying to colleges can be a tough process to navigate for even the most prepared and supported students. Low-income students face some unique struggles throughout the process, no matter how high-achieving they may be. Over 2/3 of students from low-income backgrounds attend community or for-profit colleges and often face lower graduation rates than their higher-income peers. Why is this?

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Topics: Enrollment, Student Life, Financial Aid

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

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

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