About WSU Another Chance

WSU Another Chance is a declaration of the university's strong commitment to extend outreach programs in neighboring communities to adults with low basic skills and move them along the pathway to success. Launching in 2009 and funded by the State of Michigan, Another Chance falls under the auspices of the Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) in the Department of African American Studies.

The program addresses the educational needs of the disproportionately large numbers of urban residents who need academic preparation to get their GED diplomas or transition into post-secondary institutions or the world of work.  

Another Chance is a declaration of WSU's strong commitment to extend outreach programs in neighboring communities to adults with low basic skills and move them along the pathway to success. Started in 2009 and funded by the State of Michigan,

Another Chance addresses the educational needs of the disproportionately large numbers of urban residents who need academic preparation to transition into post-secondary institutions or the world of work.  It helps them to complete high school or get their GED diplomas. Students have access to occupational information and are encouraged to pursue definitive goals and gain control of their lives thereby ebbing the tide of hopelessness. Methods of instruction include individualized learning (learning lab), small group instruction to foster cooperative learning, peer study groups, and one-on-one instruction. Assessment to show progress for a favorable labor market impact is done through continuous and intensive monitoring in the program.

Programs are situated in several sites around Detroit and include the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, ACCESS, New Prospect Baptist Church, Detroit Literacy Coalition. New targets for the coming year include North American Association of Native Americans and the downtown synagogue.

Participant eligibility criteria

  • Learners must be minimum 18 years or older
  • Does not have a high school or GED diploma
  • Possess current MI state identification or driver's license and social security card
  • Must pass TABE test at minimum 4th-grade equivalency reading skills

Services offered

  • GED examination preparation
  • Tutors are available for those learners in need of additional instructional support
  • Community resource referrals are provided to students that may need household assistance and supportive services
  • Career development and filing financial aid and college applications of interest
  • Graduation ceremony on the campus of Wayne State University at the end of the academic year to celebrate our student's accomplishments

Program characteristics

  • An urban-centered program that is situated in the heart of the cultural center
  • Non-traditional classes that are small, the teachers are attentive, and we have a diverse student population
  • This is an academic year-long program and operates in accordance with the semester system of the university