Elise Swanson

Elise SwansonElise Swanson
211 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701
eswanson@uark.edu
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Elise Swanson is a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Education Reform and a Research Assistant in the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Elise graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Political Science and English Language and Linguistics in 2013. For two years after graduation, Elise taught 11th grade English and AP Language and Composition in Pine Bluff, AR through Teach for America. While there, Elise also served as Department Chair and trained incoming Teach for America teachers in the Mississippi Delta. Her research focuses on educational equity, including racial and socioeconomic integration in schools, teacher quality in disadvantaged districts, and improving college access for first-generation students.   


University of Arkansas - Ph.D. in Education Reform - (Anticipated May, 2019)

University of Wisconsin - B.A. in Political Science, English Language and Linguistics


College access

Educational equity

Teacher quality


Swanson, E. (2017) "Can We Have it All? A Review of the Impacts of School Choice on Racial Integration." Journal of School Choice. Advance Online publication.


Ash, J., Ritter, G. and Swanson, E. (revise and resubmit at Education Finance and Policy). "A Promise Kept? The Impact of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship on Student Achievement."

Swanson, E., and Ritter, G. (revise and resubmit at Journal of School Leadership). "An Evaluation of Arkansas Teacher Corps—Teacher Effectiveness"

Swanson, E., Watson, A., and Nichols, M. (under review for Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs Edited Volume). "The Impact of Promise Programs: A Systematic Review."

Ritter, G. and Swanson, E. (under review for Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs Edited Volume). "The Effect of the El Dorado Promise Scholarship on Higher Education, K12, and Community Outcomes."

Swanson, E. (under review at Teachers College Record). "The Importance of Role Models in Positions of Authority: Examining the Relationship between Principal-Student Racial Match and School Climate."

Swanson, E., Holmes Erickson, H., and Ritter, G. (under review at Educational Policy). "Examining the Impacts of Middle School Disciplinary Policies on 9th Grade Retention."


Swanson, E., McKenzie, S., and Ritter, G. (2016). Integration in Little Rock, Part 2: Racial and Socioeconomic Integration in Little Rock Metro Area Public Schools. Office for Education Policy. http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/downloads/2016/12/integration-in-little-rock-part-2-2.pdf

Swanson, E., McKenzie, S., and Ritter, G. (2016). Integration in Little Rock, Part 1: Patterns in Enrollment and Characteristics of Student Movers. Office for Education Policy. http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/downloads/2016/11/integration-in-little-rock-part-1.pdf

Swanson, E., Ritter, G., and McKenzie, S. (2015). The State of Education in Arkansas 2015: How Much Are Arkansas Schools Spending? Office for Education Policy. http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/downloads/2015/11/school-funding.pdf


Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (December 2016). Integration in the Little Rock Area, Part 5: Are Student Moves Integrative or Segregative?

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (November 2016). Integration in the Little Rock Area, Part 4: What is the Current Level of Integration in Little Rock?

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (November 2016). Integration in the Little Rock Area, Part 3: Where Do Students Move?

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (November 2016). Integration in the Little Rock Area, Part 2: Disproportionalities Among Student Movers.

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (October 2016). Integration in the Little Rock Area, Part 1: Demographic Trends in Enrollment.

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (August 2016). Kids Through College: How Helena-West Helena and KIPP Delta are Serving ALL Students.

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (November 2015). Education Funding Adequacy in Arkansas.

Office for Education Policy (Lead Author). (November 2015). Education Funding Equity in Arkansas.

Office for Education Policy (Contributing Author). (April 2015). Broadband Access in Arkansas Schools.