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


Virginia R. Hunter is a Senior Research Associate at RFA, where she conducts postsecondary policy evaluations and qualitative research. She leads or contributes to numerous multi-state studies designed to provide higher education policymakers and practitioners with critical information needed to guide decision-making to improve policy and student success. Past studies focused on policies and topics such as outcomes-based funding, free college/promise programs, guided pathways, multiple measures for student placement, and state-level quality assurance and improvement efforts. Her skills include research design, grant writing, qualitative data collection and analysis, theory of change development, and strategic planning support. Outside of RFA, Ginger serves as a research affiliate of the Center for Minority Serving Institutions, conducting research on Tribal Colleges and Universities and MSIs in the Southwest. Prior to joining RFA, she was a program coordinator for Penn’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management, an accelerated doctoral program for senior leaders in higher education. Ginger also served as a lecturer and costume shop manager for New Mexico State University’s Theatre Arts Department. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and an Ed.D. in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania, where her dissertation research examined how state and federal finance policies impact the student experience at minority serving institutions.