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:

  • Gray, R., Vitak, J., Ellison, N., & Easton, E. (in press). Harnessing social technology in students’ transition to college: Facebook’s role in student adjustment and persistence. Computers & Education. [contact me for a pre-print copy]

I am also excited to be working with Bernie Hogan and Christine Greenhow on a Facebook app we call "College Connect." College Connect development is funded by a College Knowledge Challenge grant. We plan to launch sometime late summer.

Students and faculty currently involved in this project include D. Yvette Wohn (post-doc at Northwestern), Laaeq Khan (graduate student at Michigan State University) and Christine Greenhow (Professor at MSU's College of Education).