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Preparing Future Faculty to Assess Student Learning

a project supported by a grant from The Council of Graduate Schools, Teagle Foundation, and Sloan Foundation (PFF-ASL)

Assessment of student learning is a key activity to ensure student achievement and to maintain institutional accountability in undergraduate education. These goals are especially important for Michigan State University (MSU), a public, land-grant institution with a long-standing commitment to, therefore enrolling a very diverse student body academically, socially, culturally, and demographically.

MSU is committed to foster learning by all students, and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are key contributors to that goal. We assert that advancing graduate students’ and postdoctoral fellows’ expertise in assessment will benefit undergraduate education and contribute toward the success and excellence of graduate students and postdocs as future faculty.


  • In-depth faculty support and participation
  • Synergies with existing teaching develop programs for graduate students and postdocs
  • Cultivation of graduate student and postdoc involvement through communities of practice and initiative-specific programming. Our goal is to make various “on-ramps” available to participation (thus our initiative is adaptable to the needs and interests of academic units and graduate students/postdocs themselves)
  • A developing framework for evaluation of graduate student and postdoc understanding of student learning outcome assessment.
  • A strong partnership with the Dean of Undergraduate Education and MSU’s efforts to solidify liberal learning goals (in anticipation of 2015-16 Higher Learning Commission of NCACS)
  • Targeting graduate students who serve as TAs in “gateway” courses

Michigan State is now a part of a select network of institutions (Harvard, Cornell, North Carolina A&T, University of North Carolina at Greensborough, UC Merced) sponsored by a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools and other foundation partners.

Please utilize the menu on the left to learn more about this exciting program. The original press release announcing the grantees can be found here.

Last Modified: 10/4/2013

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