Meet Our Staff
Tara Rose, Ph.D.
Dr. Tara Rose serves as Interim Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and provides leadership for accreditation, planning, assessment, program review, and accountability initiatives. Dr. Rose has over 18 years of experience working in higher education. She 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 10 years of online teaching experience with Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Homeland Security. She was a founding member of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) and a Board Member from 2014-2021, previously holding the position of President in AY 2015-16. In her first year at LSU, she founded the Louisiana Assessment Group (LAAG). In 2019, Dr. Rose was appointed as Senior Fellow with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).
Tachelle White, Ed. D.
Dr. Tachelle White serves as Associate Director of Assessment. She provides assistance with student learning outcomes assessment for academic programs and administrative units. Dr. White has over 13 years of combined experience in K12 school administration, mathematics, curriculum development and assessment, and served as an adjunct professor overseeing teacher candidacy. Most recently she led and developed K12 academic content for the Louisiana Department of Education. She specializes in backwards design curriculum development, teaching effectiveness protocols, and policy in K12 and higher education.
Claire Sassic Young, MPA
Claire Sassic Young serves as Assistant Director for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. She manages LSU's SACSCOC activities, including Substantive Change, and coordinates program reviews with specialized accreditation. Additionally, she is the Business Manager, HR Analyst, and Student Employment Partner for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Claire serves on the SACSCOC Reaffirmation of Accreditation QEP Committee and ex officio on the Reaffirmation Steering Committee. 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.
Rachel May serves as Assessment Specialist. She coordinates the Academic Program Review process, provides support to the Faculty Senate Integrative Learning Committee, and is the primary resource for training and technical assistance for Planning & Self-Study, LSU’s institutional effectiveness reporting system used in support of SACSCOC expectations for degree programs, stand-alone certificates, and integrative learning core course assessment. Prior to joining the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in 2021, she served six years in LSU’s Department of Geology & Geophysics as the External Relations Coordinator and Assistant Business Manager, working directly with departmental faculty, students, and staff to impact departmental continuous improvement efforts. She has experience creating curriculum pathways for undergraduate students entering the degree programs.