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Kristina Powers invited to the NWCCU Data Council

IEHE is pleased to announce that our president, Kristina Powers, has been invited to serve as a member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ (NWCCU) Data Council. The Data Council is part of the Intermediaries for Scale project supported by the Gates Foundation. The council has a geographically-diverse membership, including NWCCU commissioners, college and university leaders and other representatives, and regional and national experts on data-informed approaches to advancing equity and improving outcomes.

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The Data Council will serve as an advisory panel and promote a data-informed approach to equity-centered transformation at NWCCU’s 162 member institutions, aligned with NWCCU’s Standards for Accreditation and its focus on equity and the closure of achievement gaps. Dr. Timothy Renick, Senior Vice President for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, chairs the NWCCU Data Council. Dr. Jess Stahl, Vice President for Data Science & Analytics at NWCCU, leads the Data Council.

Kristina brings nearly 20 years of experience in higher education administration, teaching and data analysis, to her role on the Data Council. Kristina was chosen to serve as a result of her expertise as President, Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education and experience as an IPEDS trainer and WSCUC Research Fellow on Student Achievement.

Dr. Powers specializes in data strategy, accreditation, institutional effectiveness, IPEDS, and using external data internally for improvement.

In her role as president of the IEHE, she provides leadership and project management to colleges and universities to build capacity in the areas of accreditation, institutional research, and data-driven decision-making support.

Kristina’s current research focus is student success metrics, particularly retention and graduation rates for all student groups — including part-time and transfer-in students, as well as the management of effective and efficient institutional research and institutional effectiveness offices that advance the institutional mission.

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About NWCCU

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is one of seven organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary institutions within the United States. NWCCU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the authority on the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The Commission oversees institutional accreditation for 162 institutions.




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.