Research on Social Media & College Access

As part of research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, my research team and I have been exploring the potential for social media to help ameliorate college access patterns in the US by helping first generation and low-income students access informational and social support resources in their extended social networks.

The papers we have published in this area to date include:

  • Ellison, N., Wohn, D. Y. & Greenhow, C. (2014). Adolescents’ visions of their future careers, educational plans and life pathways: The role of bridging and bonding social capital experiences. Journal of Personal and Social Relationships 31 (4), 516-534

  • Wohn, D. Y., Ellison, N. B., Khan, M. L., Fewins-Bliss, R., & Gray, R. (2013). The role of social media in shaping first-generation high school students' college aspirations: A social capital lens. Computers & Education63, 424-436. [Email me for paginated copy]
  • Gray, R., Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Easton, E. (2013). Examining social adjustment to college in the age of social media: Factors influencing successful transitions and persistence. Computers & Education, 67, 193-207. dpi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.02.02