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Undergraduate Pandemic Related Mental Health & Student Engagement

Benjamin B Phillips, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


As Wingate University has grown, it has also experienced challenges with declining student retention and graduation rates. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic brought about abrupt changes in the higher education landscape, including effecting students’ mental wellbeing. This quantitative study examines the relationship between student engagement at Wingate and Covid-19 pandemic related mental health. Guided by Kuh’s theory of student engagement and Astin’s Input-Environment-Output model, data from National Survey of Student Engagement implementations were used to examine the differences in engagement in 2019 and 2021, student self-reported pandemic related mental health issues, and correlations between student engagement and the pandemic related mental health issues. Using t-tests, descriptive analysis, and hierarchical regression, the study found 2021 student engagement levels were lower than 2019. Additionally, students reported increased levels of mental health concerns due to the pandemic. Finally, the analysis also found student reported pandemic related mental health could predict student engagement in some areas.

Subject Area

Higher Education Administration|Higher education|Educational leadership|Mental health

Recommended Citation

Phillips, Benjamin B, "Undergraduate Pandemic Related Mental Health & Student Engagement" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI30489566.