About Kristina ‘KP’ Powers, PhD

Kristina ‘KP’ Powers is President of the Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education.


KP also serves as a national IPEDS trainer and a Consulting Advisor with the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). She has been appointed to the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, the NC-SARA Data Advisory Committee, the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success editorial board, and the SUNY Brockport Dean’s Advisory Council.


She has headed institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and assessment offices as well as served as accreditation liaison at multiple public, private not-for-profit and private for-profit institutions. Throughout her 20+ year career in higher education, KP has taught undergraduate and graduate students as well as delivers trainings in all modalities (face-to-face, online, and hybrid) on IPEDS, accreditation, institutional research and higher education administration topics.


KP earned her doctorate from Florida State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Policy, a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York, College at Brockport.


She publishes and presents in the areas of higher education administration and organization, institutional research, as well as student success with a focus on retention and graduation rates using national databases and institutional data. Her books, Organization 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. She has served as issue co-editor and author for New Directions of Institutional Research.


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