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About Kristina ‘KP’ Powers, PhD

Kristina ‘KP’ Powers is President of the Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education, located in San Diego, CA.


KP has an insatiable appetite for learning and creating new knowledge. So, it comes as no surprise that she has spent her career in higher education – understanding how these complex ecosystems work, the people in them, and how to improve them.


Higher education has entered into another period of significant transformation – and this is just the beginning. As the number of providers that offer learning increases, so does the complexity for managing the organizations, but also demonstrating student success. To assist leaders in navigating through their own institutional transformations, KP has developed a series of data analytic tools and accelerator programs designed for higher education leaders that are serious about shaping their transformation (rather than being shaped by it).


She is particularly passionate about working with higher education leaders that also share her enthusiasm for expanding knowledge to learners who have had disproportionate access to college. Because of her forward-thinking, KP has been invited to serve on National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, the NC-SARA Data Advisory Committee, the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success editorial board, the SUNY Brockport Dean’s Advisory Council, and as a national IPEDS trainer.


Her booksOrganization and Administration in Higher Education (third edition – 2022)Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities (2019), and Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education (2018) are published by Routledge.


For more information on KP Powers, PhD, view her CV.


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