A new project is exploring the potential role of social media in community college student engagement and retention.
This fall, eight community colleges have created online communities with Schools App, a Facebook application that connects students with their peers and with specific information about campus programs and services.
The project, called Getting Connected: Harnessing the Power of Social Media Technology to Enhance Community College Student Success, is overseen by theLeague for Innovation in the Community College and researchers from the University of Arizona and Claremont Graduate University.
The eight colleges selected to participate are Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio),Laramie County Community College (Wyoming), Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (California), Maricopa Community College (Arizona), NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Onondaga Community College (New York), San Jacinto College District (Texas) and Western Technical College (Wisconsin). Also part of the project are Schools App developers at Inigral, Inc. The three-year project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (Read more.)