Dr. Hunter has conducted research for both Arizona State University and the University of Connecticut to support planning efforts, provide program assessments, and evaluate grant outcomes. She is also accustomed to working with large databases (ASU's student population is more than 50,000).
Dr. Hunter understands the critical nature of planning and assessment in higher education today and can provide information to assist administrators in making decisions. Survey data can be a useful tool if it is explained clearly and concisely. Her background includes not only conducting every phase of the research process but also interpreting survey data - qualitative and quantitative - for decision makers.
She has also conducted focus groups with ASU students to better understand how to approach them with surveys to obtain the highest response rates. Additionally, she has conducted all phases of the focus group process with students, faculty, staff, and the public.
Examples of her work with assessments include surveys of graduating students regarding their careers, Native American students, freshmen (a longitudinal study), faculty and students on the effectiveness of the library's website, faculty on their perceptions of the needs of international students, alumni, and faculty, staff and students at ASU's School of Engineering to provide information for strategies to improve the school's rankings. In some cases, the studies combined focus groups and surveys. Dr. Hunter has also provided evaluations of multi-million, multi-year grants to organizations such as the National Science Foundation. As a researcher for a private research firm in Los Angeles, she evaluated First Five Los Angeles.