About Us

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

What We Do

The Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education is a data analytics powerhouse. We work with senior leaders to deliver clear, practical information needed for informed decision-making. Tackling tough data analytic topics in easily understandable ways, IEHE partners with colleges and universities to create customized pathways from institutional weaknesses to success.


Sometimes institutions are looking for short-term institutional research and data analytic assistance. Other times, a college or university is looking for support in building capacity and infrastructure that advance existing data teams and systems. IEHE supports institutions that are short on resources–time, skill, knowledge, human capital–by leveraging our experience, tools, and know-how to provide the missing pieces the institution needs to achieve its goals.


Let us help you bring truth to power and improve your institutional outcomes. Contact us to start a discussion.

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What You Should Know About Us

IEHE Core Values

IEHE is committed to delivering customized tools and services that are:

  • Insightful. Our solutions are truthful, comprehensive analyses of data and outcomes.
  • Essential. No fluff here – we provide substantive deliverables with actionable information.
  • Helpful. We’ll give you useful information that aligns with existing efforts – without duplicating them.
  • Effective. The reports and support you receive will be clear, concise, and ready to implement.

What Guides Our Work

IEHE Advisory Council

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At the IEHE, we are proud that our work has an impact on institutional effectiveness and improvement. We are always looking for new ways to enhance the tools and services we offer. As such, we have invited some of higher education’s most 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 our Advisory Council members.

What We’re Good At

At the Institute for Effectiveness, our team members have the skills to fill resource gaps colleges and universities encounter.

Our team is highly skilled in:

  • Accreditation
  • Academic Program Needs Assessment
  • Assessment
  • Benchmarking
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Coaching for Data and Non-Data Users
  • Employment Rates of Alumni
  • Environmental Scans
  • Institutional Effectiveness

  • Institutional Research
  • NCES Restricted Access Databases
  • Strategic Metric Development
  • Student Retention and Graduation Rates
  • Student Right-to-Know Athletic Graduation Rates
  • Student Success
  • Survey Development and Analysis

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What Brings Our Team Together

IEHE 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. 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.