Dr. Katrina Hunter is director of Project RAISE: Raising Achievement and Increasing Success in Education at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. Project RAISE, an award-winning initiative comprised of $5M in grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Predominantly Black Institutions Program, aims to use evidence-based strategies to close the achievement gap between non-African American and African American students enrolled in entry-level coursework. Since fall 2012, approximately 28,000 Perimeter students have benefited from the support services offered through the Project RAISE initiatives leading increased retention rates amongst African American male students from 28% in 2011 to 49% in 2015. In addition, foundation mathematics course completion rates for non-African American students increased from 27% in 2012 to 70% in 2015 and from 14% in 2012 to 55% in 2015 for African American students.
In 2016, Dr. Hunter led the Project RAISE team to receive Perimeter College’s Celebration of Excellence Student Access & Capacity Award. In addition, Dr. Hunter was honorably mentioned as a Leader of Year at the 2016 USG Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards. Dr. Hunter is a native of Vicksburg, MS and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mississippi College, a Master of Science in Secondary Education with endorsements in Guidance and Counseling from Alcorn State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education specializing in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University. She has also earned various specialized certifications including Executive Academic Success Coaching from LifeBound Coaching, LLC, Personal Development Life Coaching from The Valorie Burton Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, and Grant Writing and Proposal Development from The University of Georgia.