First-Year Students’ Perceptions of Learning and Connection to the University in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic World

Dana J. Tribble, Amy Baldwin, Louis S. Nadelson


We explored the challenges with the unplanned change of abruptly shifting to online learning that the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation had on first-year students’ perceptions of learning, their connection to the university, and the general college experience. We used a cross-sectional method to gather quantitative and qualitative data using an online survey. More than 200 participating first-year college students indicated concerns with making connections, feeling challenged and unfulfilled with their educational experience, and struggling to adjust to the pandemic-mandated changes. Additionally, we found that students experienced challenges accepting ownership of their learning and navigating ambiguous situations.

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International Journal of Higher Education
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