Kristina Powers, Doctorate

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Kristina ‘KP’ Powers is President of the Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education. KP has served in leadership roles in colleges and universities for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of institution accreditation, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, financial planning, and strategy. Her research and practice focus on effective and efficient use of resources to advance higher education organizations.


Dr. Powers also serves as a national IPEDS trainer  and has current appointments to the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, the NC-SARA Data Advisory Committee, and the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success editorial board. Throughout her higher education career, Dr. Powers has taught undergraduate and graduate students as well as delivers professional development presentations, workshops and trainings in all modalities (face-to-face, online, and hybrid) on accreditation, institutional effectiveness, institutional research and higher education organization and administration, IPEDS, financial planning, and strategy. 


KP earned her doctorate from Florida State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration in Higher Education Policy, 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.


Her books, Second in Command (2iC) First in Excellence, Organization and Administration in Higher Education (third edition – 2022)Data Strategy in Colleges and Universities (2019), and Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education (2018) are published by Routledge.