WSU Program Assessment Grants

Program Assessment Grant Goals

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.

  • See descriptions of previous awards below or watch the 2018 recipients' panel to learn about the variety of projects that have been funded. 

2020 Call for Proposals - Deadline Extended

(Download the 2020 proposal form and proposal review rubric for details. Proposal are now due June 23, 2020.)

Funding is available for six program assessment grants for a maximum of $3000 each for the AY20-21 grant year. Acceptable uses of funds include:

  • Professional development (e.g., books, fees for webinars, conference attendance, invited speakers)
  • Course release time/buy-out
  • Salary (for a research assistant, student assistant, faculty, staff)
  • Piloting of tools (e.g., commercial tests).

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee following the WSU assessment grant selection process.


Grantees must be WSU employees for the duration of the grant period (September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021) in an academic or student services program that participates or is willing to participate in annual program assessment reporting in Planning, our online documentation tool.

Support for the proposal process:

Consultants are available to help applicants develop an appropriate proposal. Contact the WSU Director of Assessment, Cathy Barrette (, with requests and any questions. To see an example of a successful 2018 proposal, download the WRT Zone's application (.docx).

Congratulations, 2019 WSU Assessment Grant Awardees!

Based on recommendations from a review committee of faculty and staff with extensive experience in assessment, Provost Keith E. Whitfield awarded assessment grants to five projects:

Unit Project title and description Collaborating colleagues


Honors Undergraduate Program

Assessing Skills Development and Knowledge Retention Among Honors College Students:  Comparing Freshman-Level Curricular Outcomes

Participants will obtain professional development to design an inclusive rubric to track growth in writing and critical thinking skills across the undergraduate years, then pilot the rubric, and use the pilot to revise the rubric and develop guidelines for future faculty raters.

Beth Fowler, Tim Moran, Kevin Deegan-Krause, Kevin Rashid



Clicking to Assessment Success

Faculty will develop questions aligned with course and program outcomes to pilot with clicker technology in two first-year classes to address a new ABA accreditation standard requiring the use of formative assessments to complement existing summative ones.

Michelle Taylor, Susan Cancelosi, Meghan Short, Christopher Lund, Anthony Dillof

Liberal Arts and Sciences:


WSU Composition Learning Community: How LC Participation during BC and ICN Courses Impacts Students' Academic Success

Participants will develop and pilot systematic, mixed-methods assessments to evaluate the impact of learning community participation on academic success and student retention in Composition.

Nicole Varty, Jule Thomas, Austin VanKirk, Sarah Primeau, Adrienne Jankens



NCLEX Success: Increasing Clinical Judgement and Incorporating HESI Review through the Nursing Undergraduate Curriculum

In a train-the-trainer model, faculty will obtain and then share professional development in teaching and assessing clinical judgement, a key outcome recently revised by Nursing's specialized accrediting body, throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Erik Carter, Olubunmi Daramola, Elizabeth McQuillen, Michael Mooney, Meghna Shukla

Student Services:


APEX Program Assessment using the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education

Staff will undertake professional development and develop a systematic method of data collection, analysis and interpretation of student learning to understand the effectiveness of the program's services.

Veronica Killebrew, Mark Jackson, Audrey Whitfield, Stephanie Hawkes, Robert Giles, Nicholas Patterson

2018 Grant project final reports

In a Today@Wayne article about the 2018 grants, Provost Keith E. Whitfield commented: "While many high-quality proposals were submitted, the selected projects stood out for their clear focus on student learning through improvements to core program assessment practices; broad engagement of stakeholders; and high potential for significant impact on students, faculty and staff." The table below describes each of those projects.

2018 assessment grant final report cover
Read the final reports from each project for
a summary of their goals, activities, and impact.