Award Date

May 2019

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

Simon Gottschalk

Second Committee Member

David Dickens

Third Committee Member

Andrew Spivak

Fourth Committee Member

Emily Lin

Number of Pages

87

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to ascertain how graduate college students prefer to be communicated with regarding academic deadlines, professional development events and social events. Living in a Web 3.0 world, where people are never alone, but rather always connected, there are several methods to share information. I focus on email, websites, text messaging, instant messaging, and Facebook. For the richest data, I used both quantitative and qualitative methods. First, I conducted focus groups and then designed and distributed a survey. If more engaged students are the more successful, they first need to be aware of ways to get engaged. What is the best form of communication to convey the information that will engage them? Results showed that graduate students prefer email over text messaging and instant messaging when receiving information regarding academic deadlines, professional development events, and social events.

Keywords

Communication

Disciplines

Communication | Sociology

Language

English


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