About Us

Opened in the fall of 2003, the Office for Education Policy (OEP) is one of several research centers within the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas; our staff includes faculty members, research associates and graduate students who specialize in education research and policy.

We are here to serve as a resource to state lawmakers, educators, administrators, and other leaders, providing them with current national, state, and regional research in education to support them in thoughtful decision-making concerning PreK-20 education in the State of Arkansas.

The Office for Education policy strives to look at pressing issues through the lens of academic research. We seek to help Arkansas’ education leaders and lawmakers bridge the gap between research and practice by providing them with newsletters, policy briefs, web-based resources, and consultation about current education policy issues. Our print and electronic materials and consultation are available to any interested citizen.

Office for Education Policy

The Office for Education Policy (OEP) provides current national, state, and regional education research to support state lawmakers and educators in thoughtful decision-making in PK-12 education in the State of Arkansas.

Gary Ritter, Ph.D.

Gary Ritter, Ph.D.

Faculty Director

Endowed Chair in Education Policy

Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D.

Sarah McKenzie, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Josh McGee

Staff

Charlene Reid

Charlene Reid

Research Assistant

Jessica Goldstein

Staff

Community Advisory Board