Meet Our Staff
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Sandi Gillilan, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Provost
Dr. Sandi Gillilan serves as Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and provides leadership for accreditation, planning, assessment, program review, and accountability initiatives. She is the Chair of the IT Governance Council and co-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Council.. She joined LSU in 2014 after spending seven years at Northern Kentucky University and four years at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Overall, Sandi has over 20 years of experience in higher education spanning a wide array of areas, including accreditation, institutional effectiveness, accountability, change management, budget, performance, and policy.
Tara Rose, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment
Dr. Tara Rose serves as Director of Assessment. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators, she leads academic quality efforts including strategies for direct, performance-based assessment of student learning at the program and university levels that reflect current trends and best practices in higher education. Tara has 20 years of experience in assessment and outcomes analyses. She began her career with a nonprofit organization and has also spent time at the state level working for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. She previously served as the Director of Assessment at the University of Kentucky and has also taught at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Homeland Security. In 2019, Dr. Rose was appointed as Senior Fellow with the American Association Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Since 2010, Tara has participated as a Board Member of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), previously holding the position of President in AY 2015-16.
Coral Bender, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Assessment
Dr. Coral Bender serves as Associate Director of Assessment. She provides assistance with Student Learning Outcomes assessment for academic programs and administrative units. She has worked at the program level as the Manager of Partnerships for the Sports Management program at Columbia University where she engaged in backward course design to integrate partnerships with industry leaders into the classroom. She also oversaw internships and taught a course on Digital Strategies. At the University of Alabama, she held the position of Instructor of Sports Communication for the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Additionally, she was the Assessment Chair for the department of Advertising and Public Relations. She served as the Assessment Analyst at Tulane University where she provided feedback on assessment plans.
Rachel May serves as Assessment Specialist. She coordinates the academic program review process and serves as the primary resource for the campus-wide assessment of administrative and academic support outcomes while providing technical support for Institutional Effectiveness systems in support of SACSCOC expectations. She joined LSU in 2015 serving as the External Relations Coordinator and Assistant Business Manager with the Department of Geology & Geophysics.
Claire Sassic Young
Claire Sassic Young serves as Project Coordinator for the Office of Institutional
Effectiveness. She assists in SACSCOC activities, providing support to the Institutional
Effective Council (IEC), and managing the day-to-day operations and business functions
for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. She earned her Master in Public Administration
from LSU. Claire began her career as Operations Manager at a local museum before joining
LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training in 2013.