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

Getting Connected is a three-year research project designed to increase understanding of issues relevant to the ability of social media technology to improve student engagement and increase student retention. The project is supported through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Community College Participants

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:

    • 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
    • Western Technical College, Wisconsin

Project Partners

League for Innovation in the Community College
University of Arizona
Claremont Graduate University
Uversity, Inc.


Getting Connected Report to the Field, 2014
Getting Connected Research Website

The Role of Social Media in Community Colleges, 2012
Social Media in Higher Education: A Literature Review and Research Directions, 2012
Press Release, September 7, 2011

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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