COVID 19 Impact on University Students’ Self Efficacy and Learning Outcomes

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Walton Tobin, Department of Sociology, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Department of Sociology

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Spring 4-2021


In a short time frame COVID 19 has reconstructed what we knew as our everyday lives. Worldwide there have been about 48.1 million reported cases of COVID 19 and about 1.23 million people have died (Hamot Ali,2020), unfortunately as days continue to go on these numbers continue to rise . We have been informed that there is a less likely chance for people to become infected with COVID 19 if we all take the necessary precautions such as wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart and washing our hands frequently to help protect not only ourselves but the people around us. Due to the pandemic and the stay at home order that was issued, colleges and universities all over the world have been forced to shut down and immediately transition to online learning due to closure. Not only has COVID 19 affected people’s health but it has also played a major role affecting college students overall mental and physical health (Patricia, 2020), leaving their learning outcomes and self efficacy to be heavily impacted. Studies have been conducted throughout college campuses around the world to assess how students are being affected and handling the pandemic all while having to continue with their classes. Many students depended on their college environment to get them through school but now that there are no longer face to face classes students aren’t performing as well. This study will report a survey of data from incoming fall 2020, freshman engineering students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, to see how their self efficacy and learning outcomes have been affected during the current pandemic.

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