Getting Connected

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

Getting Connected was 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 was 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: A Social Media Project (2014)

Getting Connected: Using Social Media to Enhance Student Success, Retention, and Completion (2014)

Getting Connected Research Website

Getting Connected (short video)