Grants and Awards

Assessment Mini Grant Program

The University Assessment Steering Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, is pleased to offer the annual Assessment Mini Grant program for the purpose of supporting assessment-related projects to improve student learning outcomes and development in both academic and co-curricular areas. Funding of $15,000 is available each fiscal year, (through June 30). Click here to review the 2024 program guidelines. (Note these may be subject to change in the 2025 program).

The proposal due date for the 2024 program has passed. Grant recipients for this year will be announced in late February, and a list of the recipient's names and project titles will be posted here. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal!

To see a list of the past recipients, click on the archive below.

For questions, contact Karen Stokes Chapo at




Assessment Fellows Grants

The University Assessment Steering Committee Assessment Fellows Grant program was designed to provide financial support to faculty and staff at Western Michigan University interested in developing a project based on student learning outcomes assessment. This program was replaced by the Assessment Mini Grant Program in spring 2021. An archive of Fellows Grant recipient presentations can be accessed below. 

Archive of assessment fellows presentations


Assessment Excellence Awards

These annual awards are presented by the University Assessment Steering Committee to acknowledge and celebrate assessment work that has led to verifiable improvements in academic or learner support programs. We are always 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. Click on the guidelines linked below for more information. For questions, contact Karen Stokes Chapo at

2021 Award Recipients


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.