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Kristina ‘KP’ Powers – Begins 13th Year as an IPEDS Educator

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IEHE president, Kristina Powers, continues to serve the higher education community as an IPEDS Educator – now in her 13th year. IPEDS and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) selects professionals to serve in this role. AIR recruits experienced IPEDS users to develop and deliver a curriculum that takes a broad view of IPEDS data to assure the quality of​ the submission of these data and improve the skills of those using these data. She also serves on the IPEDS Educators Web Conference Committee; a professional development series offered through monthly web conferences.

About IPEDS Educators

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All Educators must attend a two-day training session each summer where they learn from NCES staff about the latest changes to IPEDS and develop their skills with the various IPEDS data tools. Ongoing training through monthly web conferences occur throughout the academic year. Educators also actively engage with colleagues on the IPEDS listerv.

Kristina’s IPEDS Expertise

In addition to her work as a national IPEDS trainer for more than a decade, Kristina has served as accreditation liaison and has headed institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and assessment offices at multiple public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit institutions. Her in-depth knowledge of IPEDS data supports and informs the accreditation process for the institutions she’s served.

Other Areas of Service

Serving as an IPEDS educator isn’t the only way Kristina and IEHE use IPEDS data. Check out our other projects which inform senior leaders . . .

IPEDS Definitive Guide for Senior Leaders – IEHE updates our guide for senior leaders annually. The guide offers the following benefits:

    • Summarizes key information about IPEDS
    • Explains key changes in the IPEDS surveys for the 2020-2021 reporting year
    • Offers strategies for overseeing the office that coordinates your institution’s IPEDS reporting
    • Poses five questions senior leaders should ask their IPEDS keyholder for each IPEDS submission
    • Provides free resources and training for your IPEDS keyholder

Strategic Financial Health Definitive Guide – The financial health of institutions is coming under increased scrutiny. This guide explains to institutional leaders the various entities that rate financial health of colleges and universities. It offers a list of actions you can take to prepare yourself for these ratings and resources for more info. Finally, you can order your own financial health report — so you know what others already know about your college/university.

Transfer-in Student Success – This project, based on IPEDS data, identified and reviewed institutions which are graduating transfer-in students at higher than expected rates. IEHE presented a 16-week series highlighting some of the best practices of these Overachievers of Transfer-In Student Success. Our IEHE Exceptional Overachievers Transfer-In Students Compendium 2021 offers all the project results and details if you missed them earlier this year.




The Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education (IEHE) innovates and improves higher education standards through our strategic research, publicly available resources, and partnerships with colleges and universities. We provide extensive expertise on data strategy, IPEDS, institutional research and student success to drive institutional effectiveness.