Program assessment

Congratulations to the 2019 WSU Assessment Grant Recipients!

Provost Keith E. Whitfield awarded grants to projects designed to improve assessment practices in five programs: Honors Undergraduate Program, Juris Doctor (JD), Composition Learning Community, BS in Nursing (BSN), and Academic Pathways for Excellence (APEX). See the WSU Assessment Grants page for a description of each project.

Compliance Assist Upgrade to "Planning": June 20, 2019

Campus Labs has significantly redesigned Compliance Assist to better support assessment planning, and on June 20, Wayne State is taking advantage of that upgrade. As part of the upgrade, your program's information will be moved into Planning, and Compliance Assist will be discontinued.

Some of the improvements include:

  • A new name: "Planning"  – A better reflection of the primary goal of assessment
  • Auto-save – No more extra clicks to save or accidentally closing a window and losing your work
  • Streamlined workflow – Click fewer times to view, 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

To get started, see the Campus Labs video tutorial for navigating in the new interface; written documentation specific to Wayne State's assessment plan format will be available soon.

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