Institutional Effectiveness Council

The Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC), under the direction of the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), serves as a steering committee to provide oversight for institutional effectiveness functions across academic, support, and administrative units. The IEC replaces the University Review and Assessment Council (URAC).


The IEC provides recommendations for guiding institutional effectiveness policies and procedures by promoting a continuous improvement framework to achieve expected outcomes and to meet related SACSCOC expectations, including:

  • 1.2.a. Student Learning Outcomes
    The IEC provides guidance in developing and implementing appropriate policies and procedures to enhance the assessment of student learning outcomes for all degree programs, stand-alone academic certificates, and units defined as academic support and student services. [Note: Oversight for general education program assessment is provided by the Faculty Senate Integrated Learning Core Committee with support from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.]
  • 1.2.b. Administrative/Operational Outcomes
    The IEC provides guidance in developing and implementing appropriate policies and procedures to enhance the assessment of administrative/operational outcomes in conjunction with the university’s strategic planning annual reporting requirements.
  • 1.2.c. Program Review
    The IEC provides oversight for the academic program review process, which is required for all degree programs and stand-alone academic certificates. The IEC recognizes those degree programs with specialized accreditation may be eligible for a modified program review. In addition, administrative program review is handled on an ad hoc basis as requested by the administration or the unit.


To accomplish the purpose, the IEC is charged with the following:

  • Advising the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) for opportunities to strengthen the institution’s continuous improvement activities.
  • Assisting in reviews of annual outcomes activities (i.e., plans, reports, etc.) to provide a comprehensive feedback loop.
  • Communicating with associated groups across campus to promote assessment efforts and to help inform of processes, timelines, etc.
  • Leading the internal review process for academic and administrative program reviews, including approving external reviewers, serving as chair for an internal committee, and developing recommendations based on the internal review.
  • Recommending considerations for professional development opportunities related to institutional effectiveness (e.g., workshops, speakers, topical resources).
  • Reviewing policies, procedures, structures, and systems periodically to seek opportunities for improvements across all facets of institutional effectiveness.
  • Serving on functional IEC work groups to accomplish the charge.


The IEC membership is representative of the academic, support, and administrative units so as to promote collaboration, enhance communication, and facilitate institutional effectiveness activities. IEC members serve a three-year term that may be renewed; appointments begin with the fall semester.


Unit Represented Member Title Term
Institutional Effectiveness Sandi Gillilan Associate Vice Provost  
Associate Dean Academic Council Craig Harvey Associate Dean, Engineering 2021-24

Faculty Representatives (appointed by college)

Unit Represented Member Title Term
College of Agriculture Richard Cooper Professor, Animal Science 2021-24 
College of Art & Design Rod Parker Professor, Art 2021-24
College of Business Daniel Whitman Associate Professor, Management 2021-24
College of Coast & Environment John White Professor, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences 2020-23
College of Engineering Jin-Woo Choi Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering 2019-22
College of Human Sciences & Education Tao Jin Associate Professor, Library & Information Science 2019-22
College of Humanities & Social Sciences Heather Rankin Associate Professor, Sociology 2021-24
Law Center TBD    
School of Mass Communication Jenee Slocum Professor,  Mass Communication 2020-23 
College of Music & Dramatic Arts Jim Murphy Professor, Theatre 2020-23
College of Science Scott Baldridge Professor, Mathematics 2019-22
School of Veterinary Medicine Masami Yoshimura Associate Professor, Comparative Biomedical Sciences 2021-24

Faculty Senate Integrative Learning Core Committee Representative

Unit Represented Member Title Term
College of Humanities & Social Sciences TBD   2021-24

 Support/Administrative Unit Representatives

Unit Represented Member Title Term
Academic Programs & Support Services Clay Benton  University Registrar 2020-23
LSU Libraries Sigrid Kelsey Director 2021-24
Diversity TBD    
Enrollment Management Becca Hubbard  Director of Retention & Student Success 2019-22
Digital & Continuing Education Radhika Krishnadas Director, Instructional Design & Development 2019-22
Finance & Administration Bernie Braun Director, Institutional Research 2020-23
Research & Economic Development TBD     
Strategic Communications TBD     
Student Affairs Emily Hester Assistant to the Vice President 2019-22

 Ex officio Members (non-voting)

Unit Represented Member Title
Past IEC Co-Chair Elsie Michie Associate Dean, Humanities & Social Sciences
Institutional Effectiveness Tara Rose Director of Assessment                            

Related Documents

IEC Bylaws



Dr. Sandi Gillilan
Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
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Claire Sassic Young
Project Coordinator