Publication Date

Spring 2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)




Nikos Mourtos

Subject Areas

Educational leadership


Community colleges have a significant impact on education. The community college population includes some of the most vulnerable students who have the most to gain from educational attainment. The objective of this mixed-methods case study was to investigate the practical implications and impact of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) on student learning, engagement, and sense of belonging. Forty-nine students participated in this study from seven sections of an asynchronous introduction to business course at a California community college during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings suggested that the UDL intervention increased students’ final grade percentages, exam scores, and group project scores while supporting student engagement and creating a sense of belonging among students. Several recommendations for practice and further research are included before an analysis of a systems model for student learning at community colleges.