Getting Connected
Harnessing the Power of Social Media Technology
to Enhance Community College Student Success

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Click here to access The Role of Social Media in Community Colleges.

The League for Innovation in the Community College (League) has partnered with a group of researchers from the University of Arizona and Claremont Graduate University and a team of Schools App developers at Inigral, Inc. in a research project designed to increase understanding of issues relevant to the ability of social media technology to improve student engagement and increase student retention. Eight community colleges, selected through a national RFP process, implemented Schools App, a Facebook application, at their institutions in fall 2011 to better connect students to fellow students as well as to college programs, activities, support services, and personnel. The project is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The eight colleges selected to participate in the project are Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio; Laramie County Community College, Wyoming; Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, California; Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona; NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Arkansas; Onondaga Community College, New York; San Jacinto College District, Texas; and Western Technical College, Wisconsin.

Reports on the project's progress and findings can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Press Release, September 7, 2011

Social Media in Higher Education: A Literature Review and Research Directions

The Role of Social Media in Community Colleges

For more information, contact:
Cynthia Wilson, Ed.D.
Vice President for Learning and Research
League for Innovation in the Community College


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