Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Higher Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Moira Ozias

Academic Year



Most higher education institutions have focused on personal characteristics when evaluating student engagement on their campuses. However, the multidimensional theory of burnout, suggests that a student's level of participation is far more dependent on the context in which they interact. This project investigates the perspectives of modern students, their expectations of higher education institutions in a global society, and the ways in which the education sector has modeled capitalistic structures and values of big corporations, cultivating conditions conducive to student burnout. An implementation of distributive leadership is offered to bridge the gap between existing student needs and senior leaderships’ view of those needs. Many committees are included in the leadership model to enable all levels of university stakeholders to contribute their knowledge to decision-making processes.