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About Us

Developing partnerships that enhance effectiveness in higher education for over 20 years

What We Do

The Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education (IEHE) works with institutions and individuals to capitalize on data to elevate the effectiveness of the work they are doing. We partner with senior-level decision makers, as well as individual contributors, to facilitate challenging data conversations, implement realistic institutional solutions and develop infrastructure. We’re well-versed in institutional data and analysis needs, including accreditation, assessment, benchmarking, dashboards, data coaching, IPEDS, IR infrastructure and student success.

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Consulting Philosophy

We believe finding a good match is challenging, yet makes all the difference in creating forward movement. Based on our own research, we know that when students are matched to the right institution, they’re more successful. Our experience tells us the same is true for the consultant-organization relationship.


We work with higher education leaders who are just as passionate about their work as we are about data and delivering information in a format that meets the needs of and engages stakeholders.


We are driven to offer high-quality services that make sense to decision-makers because the choices are too important and leaders need the most robust information available in clear, understandable formats.


“First, Use What You’ve Got” is our go-to phrase as new projects get underway. We start with leveraging existing infrastructure, resources and reports and then build upon them. We find most institutions have a fair amount of existing work, policies, procedures that can be used to help meet their IR goals – thus minimizing consulting costs by first, using what you’ve got.


We are efficient problem solvers – we are focused on working with you to solve the problem that you’ve identified, rather than suggesting other costly services and products.

Kristina Powers

Meet the Founder — Kristina Powers, PhD

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


Kristina also serves as a national IPEDS trainer and a Research Fellow on Student Achievement with the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


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.  Other higher education roles have included, lead author for the Statements of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), serving as the 2016 President of the California Association of Institutional Research,  teaching and developing institutional research and higher education administration courses at four institutions, conducting policy education research at the Florida Legislature, consulting services at MGT of America, and an admissions advisor at the State University of New York, College at Brockport.


Kristina earned her doctorate from Florida State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Policy and 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 (second edition 2017), Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education (2018), and Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities (forthcoming 2019) 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.

We’ve Got Skills

At the Institute for Effectiveness, our team members have the skills to meet your project needs. You will have a single point of contact who coordinates our team of experts to get the work done as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our team has experience in:

  • Accreditation
  • Academic Program Needs Assessment
  • Assessment
  • Benchmarking
  • Coding (SQL)
  • Dashboards
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Coaching for Data and Non-Data Users
  • Employment Rates of Alum
  • Environmental Scans
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Institutional Research
  • NCES Restricted Access Databases
  • Student Retention and Graduation Rates
  • Student Success
  • Survey Development and Analysis

IEHE Advisory Council

At IEHE we are proud that our work has an impact on institutional effectiveness and improvement. We are constantly thinking of new ways to enhance the tools and services we offer. As such, we have invited some of higher education’s innovative, well-respected, and accomplished experts to serve on the IEHE Advisory Council. This distinguished group is invited under the IEHE tent to provide their critique, input, and suggestions for improvement on IEHE tools. Learn more about the Advisory Council members.