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Spelman 2015 Commencement

Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness Staff

Vice President, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness

Myra Burnett, Ph.D.

As an expert in program evaluation and institutional effectiveness, Dr. Burnett will lead the office. She has led faculty in developing student learning outcomes in her roles as chair of the Psychology Department, and later, as Vice Provost.For over 10 years, Dr. Burnett has promoted adoption of practices that promote institutional effectiveness throughout the College, with particular attention to Academic Affairs.

In her new role as vice president for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, she will be to continue this work through her service as the Spelman College Accreditation Liaison for our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Director, Accreditation and Compliance

Venetta Coleman, Ph.D., C'88

Spelman Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
Dr. Coleman is an industrial/organizational psychologist with expertise in organizational strategy, performance measurement, and improving organizational effectiveness and maximizing individual development and productivity through critical analysis, developing and simplifying procedures, and creative problem solving. Prior to joining Spelman, she spent 13 years working for leading consulting firms, Fortune 100 corporations, and one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations.  

Since joining Spelman in 2010, Dr. Coleman has worked with departments each year to develop curriculum maps to articulate intended learning goals and levels of student performance for each major. She has also conducted frequent faculty workshops on development and assessment of student learning outcomes for various disciplines. She also played a critical role in reestablishing the Education Department’s state and national accreditation. Currently, her primary responsibility is to support the reporting process for regional accreditation with SACSCOC and teacher certification through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).

Director, Student Success Program

Francesina (Fran) Jackson, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jackson assumed leadership of the College’s Student Success initiatives in 2014. With a background as a professor of education, Dr. Jackson brings a history of involvement in student performance enhancement. She also brings a depth of administrative experience in academia. Dr. Jackson served as Associate or Assistant Dean in Schools of Education at North Carolina Central University and Clark Atlanta University and Interim Director of Teacher Education at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She also monitored and advised teacher education programs regarding the approval/accreditation process at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Jackson has been the principal investigator for several funded projects such as a UNCF Teaching/Learning Institute, Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grants, and a NASA grant designed to prepare math and science teachers for urban schools. She has reviewed NSF grants and served on SACS COC and NCATE/PSC reviews.

In addition to general oversight of Student Success, she serves as principal investigator on the First in the World Project, which studies the impact of metacognitive training on student performance.

Program Coordinator

Dianne Whyte

Spelman Program Coordinator
Dianne Whyte is a 10-year veteran in administrative support at Spelman. In her current role as senior administrative assistant in the Office of the Provost, she is responsible for budget tracking, event planning, requisition processing, and supervision of student workers, among other duties.

In her new role, she will provide support to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness by coordinating programmatic activities among constituent groups, monitoring the College Achievements database and serving as liaison with the Communications regarding publication initiatives; preparing pre-publication documents for review; and other responsibilities related to effective functioning of the office.

Contact Us

Institutional Effectiveness
350 Spelman Lane
Box 1516
Atlanta, GA 30314


Spelman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Spelman College.