Laverne Macon-Jamison, assistant director of institutional effectiveness and research at Livingstone College, was recently installed as a member at-large of the Southern Association for Institutional Research. She was elected by her peers from colleges and universities of the thirteen southern states that comprise SAIR and was installed to serve a two-year term during its annual conference in Fort Worth, Tex.
SAIR is dedicated to research that leads to improved understanding, planning and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. It provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in institutional research and promotes the continued professional development of individuals in the field.
Additionally, many members of SAIR serve on the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ visiting teams and are readers of SACSCOC reports.
Macon-Jamison said she has observed many changes in institutional research over the years, having been involved on the national level with the Association for Institutional Research, the regional level with SAIR, as well as the organization’s state level, the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research.
“Technology has changed at an extremely rapid pace, making many of the institutional research tasks easier, less time-consuming and efficient in the ability to gather data and organize and present the findings,” she said.
Macon-Jamison’s previous affiliations with Institutional Research include serving as a proposal reader for AIR’s annual conference; former chairwoman of the nominating committee; former chairwoman of the local arrangement committee for the 2016 annual conference in Charlotte; a member of the NCAIR executive board for six years; a two-term elected NCAIR treasurer; and a former NCAIR president.
At Livingstone, Macon-Jamison serves as the focal point for institutional research-related issues to include mandated reporting to the federal and state government, and data analyses to support decision-making at various levels within the institution. Her career spans more than thirty-three years in higher education with thirteen years in institutional research. She has previously worked as an adjunct instructor of business, director of records/registrar, co-director of a census information center and research specialist. She has also served in key roles on several institutional leadership teams for SACSCOC and for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barber-Scotia College and a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University. She also has pursued further studies in management at Walden University.
“This is truly an honor for Laverne Macon-Jamison as well as for Livingstone College. Her election to this board is a testament to her passion and involvement in her field,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., the president of Livingstone College. “She will offer a diverse perspective and exchange of ideas that will benefit her work at Livingstone as well as other similar institutions.”