“Here’s an example of how technology plays a key part in student engagement. My daughter is 14, a freshman, and we recently did some college visit days in the US. At the first school, we walked up to the table to do a self-guided tour. We filled out some details, they gave us a piece of paper, and off we went on the tour.
“However, there was no follow-up communication. She’s the class of 2025, going to college in 2025, so alarm bells should be going off. This institution knows her name, her major, and her year, but there was nothing else from them apart from an email a couple of days later. For the next school, it was a completely different story and it was all digital.
“We were only 15 steps away from the table to do the tour and, ping, all of a sudden, my daughter received a text from them with a welcome to campus message, map, details on talks about the major she’s interested in. They immediately captured her. And whose sweatshirt is she wearing the following week? In comparison, the other school falls away.”