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About ‘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 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. Kristina’s other higher education roles have included: serving as lead author for the Statements of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), President of the California Association of Institutional Research, and an admissions advisor at the State University of New York, College at Brockport; teaching and developing institutional research and higher education administration courses at multiple institutions; and conducting policy education research at the Florida Legislature.


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, Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities (2019), Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education (2018), and Organization and Administration in Higher Education (second edition 2017) 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.

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