UVA Professor Using Texts to Improve College Enrollment
Text messaging is preparing some high school students for college, thanks to a University of Virginia professor. Ben Castleman was granted $225,000 to use text messages to improve higher education enrollment in rural areas.
Students at more than a dozen high schools in West Virginia will receive text messages a few times a month reminding them to take the steps they need to get into college - like going to orientations.
"We can set up these messages so students read about a task and the messages can even include a web link so students can deal with it in the moment they can sign up for orientation, they can set up a meeting with a counselor," said Castleman.
The text messages will also allow the students to text back questions or request on-on-one assistance.
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