Grants and Awards


2021 Assessment Mini Grants

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, in collaboration with the University Assessment Steering Committee, are pleased to offer the 2021 Assessment Mini Grant Program for the purpose of supporting assessment-related projects to help advance departments, programs and units at Western Michigan University to the next stage of the student learning outcomes assessment cycle.

Funding of $10,000 is available this fiscal year, (March 22 through June 30, 2021), with a maximum award of $1000. All WMU full and part-time faculty, graduate students, and staff are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted up through 8 p.m. Eastern on Monday, February 22. Award recipients will be announced by Friday, March 19.

Assessment Fellows Grants

The University Assessment Steering Committee Assessment Fellows Grant program is designed to provide financial support to faculty and staff at Western Michigan University who are interested in developing a project based on student learning outcomes assessment. The program has been put on hold for now, but we are hopeful that we can continue with it in the future.

Archive of assessment fellows recipients

Archive of assessment fellows presentations

Assessment Excellence Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 University Assessment Steering Committee Assessment Excellence Awards. Nominations are due by Friday, February 26. Click on the guidelines linked below for more information.

The annual awards are presented to acknowledge and celebrate assessment work that has led to verifiable improvements in academic or learner support programs. We are excited to learn about and honor the great work that is being done to use assessment results for continuous improvement of learning and student success at WMU.

For questions or to submit a nomination, contact Karen Stokes Chapo at


This individual-based award is designed to recognize WMU employees who have made a significant contribution in the area of assessment of student learning.


This award is designed to recognize multiple individual WMU employees from the same or different departments and/or units who have collaborated to make a significant contribution in the area of assessment of student learning.


This unit-based award is designed to recognize and showcase outstanding efforts in the area of assessment at WMU. An outstanding assessment process is characterized by the use of the results of assessment to improve the activities being assessed. Therefore, criteria for selection will emphasize the demonstration of program improvements as a result of the assessment program.