Nudging Financially Insecure College Students to Success

To finish college while navigating the challenges of everyday life, these students need to plan well and access resources designed to keep them enrolled—with very little room for error. At Persistence Plus, we’ve spent the last 7 years using behavioral science and text messaging to support college students through difficult times so they can stay Read more about Nudging Financially Insecure College Students to Success[…]

Giving a Nudge: How Digital Alerts Can Keep Students On Track

Put simply, nudges are interventions that steer someone toward a better decision without taking away their choice. In higher ed, they take the form of messages delivered through texts, emails or the learning management system that warn a student if they’ve fallen off track, alert them to important deadlines and make them aware of campus Read more about Giving a Nudge: How Digital Alerts Can Keep Students On Track[…]

Texting App Offers Students Encouragement and Advice

Persistence Plus is a texting service designed to help learners, especially first-year, first-generation, and adult students, succeed in college. Students receive periodic check-ins via text from an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot with questions such as ‘What’s your biggest concern about school right now?’ The bot offers advice and resources specific to each student and rooted Read more about Texting App Offers Students Encouragement and Advice[…]

Community College STEM Students Getting ‘Nudged’ Toward Success

The ubiquity of cell phones make text nudges one of the more effective way to reach students, according to educators like Julie Ranson, vice president of student success at John Tyler Community College. “There’s a psychological component to these behavioral nudges, about talking to students about how other students cope with college. It’s not the Read more about Community College STEM Students Getting ‘Nudged’ Toward Success[…]

Text Messaging Initiative Will Nudge STEM Students Toward Success

A new project is tapping into mobile technology to increase community college completion for students in STEM fields. Nudging to STEM Success — a joint initiative from Persistence Plus, maker of a mobile app for student success, and nonprofit Jobs for the Future — will use text messages to help students navigate the complexities of college, succeed Read more about Text Messaging Initiative Will Nudge STEM Students Toward Success[…]

Press Release: Jobs for the Future and Persistence Plus Launch Initiative Using Behavioral Science to Help Students Complete Community College & Earn a STEM Degree

Starting this fall, tens of thousands of students will receive evidence-based behavioral nudges over text message to help them navigate the complexities of college, succeed in STEM studies and move toward college graduation. JFF is partnering with Persistence Plus to strengthen student success rates broadly, and in particular in STEM pathways.

Nudging Students to Succeed: A New Approach to Retention and Graduation

We know that despite the high support that may be offered, students are often afraid to ask for help regardless—especially if they already lack confidence in their academic skills. These students struggle to manage their time and responsibilities and setbacks can lead them to question whether their sacrifices are worth it, or if they belong Read more about Nudging Students to Succeed: A New Approach to Retention and Graduation[…]

The Most Important Factor in a College Student’s Success

Middlesex Community College in Connecticut recently launched a program that regularly sends personalized text messages to students’ smartphones based on individual student needs, activities and performance. For example, messages will remind a student about an impending financial aid deadline or remind a student before an exam about available tutoring resources. These messages are specifically designed Read more about The Most Important Factor in a College Student’s Success[…]

Targeting Behaviors and Student Success: A Q&A

One student commented how “it’s like you can’t really fail” because the nudges help motivate you. Students in developmental education, specifically, have mentioned the sense of community that nudges foster. One student said that nudges were a reminder that they were not “the only one having a crisis in the middle of the semester or Read more about Targeting Behaviors and Student Success: A Q&A[…]

Keeping Students on Track with a Mobile Nudge

Looking for a way to help these “new traditionals” persist from freshman year into succeeding years, UWT turned to a technology that is already ubiquitous to most students: mobile. The institution was the first school to use Persistence Plus, a personalized mobile support system that uses behavioral interventions to reach out to, engage and support students Read more about Keeping Students on Track with a Mobile Nudge[…]

Nudge Nation: A New Way to Prod Students Into and Through College

Perhaps even more than some other technology nudges, the Persistence Plus model shows that worries about the potentially dehumanizing effects of technology in an educational setting are misplaced. The firm’s model, while still a work in progress, may show just the opposite—that technology can be used to personalize student support through outreach of a kind Read more about Nudge Nation: A New Way to Prod Students Into and Through College[…]

The ‘Personalization’ of Higher Education: Using Technology to Enhance the College Experience

An early example of this technology is being introduced by a social enterprise called Persistence Plus. Founded by Jill Frankfort and Kenneth Salim, who previously worked at the Kaufman Foundation’s Education Ventures Program, Persistence Plus uses smart software in mobile platforms such as cell phones and iPads to engage and motivate students to complete college. Think Read more about The ‘Personalization’ of Higher Education: Using Technology to Enhance the College Experience[…]