2025 Assessment Mini Grant Program

The University Assessment Steering Committee (UASC), in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, invites Western Michigan University full and part-time instructors and staff to submit proposals for assessment project mini grants. These grants are being offered to support assessment projects that promote improvements in teaching, learning, as well as curricular and co-curricular program delivery and enhancements.

Assessment mini grants are designed to provide support for initiatives that promote and are informed by student learning and development, for the purpose of continuous improvement and success.

At WMU, our strategic vision focuses on holistic student growth and success for every learner, both in and outside of the classroom. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in collaboration with the UASC, supports this learner-centered growth mindset through funding projects and initiatives that are designed to improve or enhance student learning and other student outcomes as an important measure of student success.

Through the assessment mini grant program, we intend to:

  • Help programs to build engagement and participation in assessment of student learning
  • Build and expand the assessment toolboxes for our community
  • Promote continuous improvement efforts for student learning and student success
  • Promote a culture of data-informed decision-making
  • Show the importance and priority that our leadership places on providing support for our community to participate in on-going improvement efforts

Funding for the 2025 program will be available from January 2025 through June 30, 2025, with a maximum award of $2,200.  Award recipients will be chosen based on meeting all eligibility requirements outlined in the Request for Proposals guidelines. Before applying, please read through these guidelines carefully. Applicants must adhere to these and all University policies to be eligible to receive an award.

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the University Assessment Steering Committee using a rubric, and will be accepted up through 8 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2024. Award recipients are tentatively planned to be announced prior to the 2024 Thanksgiving holiday.

For questions, or you'd like feedback on a proposal idea contact karen.stokeschapo@wmich.edu.


 Modeled (with permission) after the University of Northern Colorado Assessment Mini Grant Program. Retrieved from https://www.unco.edu/assessment/assessment/initiatives/mini-grants.aspx