Virginia R. Hunter

Senior Research Associate



B.A. in University Studies: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
M.A. in Arts Education: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Ed.D. in Higher Education: University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Virginia R. Hunter is a qualitative researcher focused on postsecondary education. Hunter co-directs a study on state-level efforts to recognize college credit for prior learning. Past studies she has led or contributed to focused on policies and topics such as HBCU students’ career choices, outcomes-based funding, college affordability, guided pathways, student placement, and state-level quality assurance and improvement efforts. Outside of RFA, Hunter serves as a research affiliate of the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions, conducting research on Tribal Colleges and Universities and MSIs in New Mexico.

Hunter has presented RFA’s research at annual meetings of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, SHEEO Higher Education Policy Conference, and as an invited expert at HCM Strategists’ Strategy Labs Peer Learning Opportunity. Prior to joining RFA, Hunter worked for Penn’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management, an accelerated doctoral program for senior leaders in higher education.