Program assessment

Call for Proposals: 2019 WSU Program Assessment Grants

To promote best practices in program-level assessment of student learning outcomes and student services programs' goals, the Office of the Provost invites Wayne State University faculty and staff to submit proposals to improve their program's assessment efforts. One-time funds are available to assist in the piloting, creation, or significant revision of a program's assessment instruments or process, or to obtain professional development in program assessment.

Consultants are available to help applicants develop an appropriate proposal. Contact WSU Director of Assessment Cathy Barrette ( with consultation requests.

See the assessment grant page for details and examples of previous awards. Proposal are due May 15, 2019.

Compliance Assist Upgrade to "Planning": June 2019

Campus Labs has significantly redesigned the system and scheduled our upgrade for early June 2019. Your program's information will be moved into the new system, and Compliance Assist in its current form will be discontinued at that time.

Some of the improvements* include:

  • A new name: "Planning"  – A better reflection of the primary goal of assessment
  • Auto-save – Clearer views of your program's information with new sorting and filtering options and without pop-up windows
  • Streamlined workflow – Click fewer times to add, edit, move, and export information
  • Better information display – No more pop-up windows; new sorting and filtering options
  • Integrated tools to improve assessment practices – Automated analysis of learning outcomes by the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy; curriculum mapping
  • A designated help center for Planning – Videos and written instructions, chat, email, and phone support provided by Campus Labs

Updated support materials and workshops will be available once the upgrade is complete.

AY17-18 Annual Report Highlights

Each year we collect data on our institution's assessment practices and use that information to improve the supports available for program assessment. See where we're doing well and where we need to improve in the highlights infographic or read the full report for more detail.

Infographic Annual report highlights           AY17-18 annual report



WSU Assessment's mission is to engage faculty, staff, administrators, and students from academic and co-curricular/student services programs in an effective, sustainable process of continuous program improvement that enhances student learning throughout their time at Wayne State. WSU Assessment encourages stakeholders' engagement by:

  • offering professional development opportunities in program assessment, such as workshops, group and individual consultations, training videos, presentations, and written documentation
  • disseminating information about program assessment through peer support structures (University, College/School /Division, and Departmental program assessment committees; program assessment coordinators) and online at
  • recognizing individuals and programs for their exemplary progress and scholarly presentations or publications in assessment
  • facilitating feedback processes to improve the quality of programs' assessment plans

Read our AY17-18AY16-17AY15-16, and AY14-15 annual reports to see our progress so far and our plans for improvement.

Program assessment supports students, faculty, and staff by helping programs to: 

Get started on your assessment plan now using the resources on this site. For example:

New Resource: Assessment Handbooks (pdf)

Academic Programs Assessment Handbook                Student Services Assessment Handbook

University program assessment progress