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William Elliott III

Professor of Social Work

Dr. William Elliott III will be joining the UM-SSW in July 2017. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Kansas (KU) and founder of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI) in KU’s School of Social Welfare. He received his Ph.D. and master’s in social work from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Geneva College in Beaver Fall, PA. Dr. Elliott is a non-resident Senior Research Fellow for New America’s Asset Building Program. He has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education and the 2016 University of Kansas Scholarly Achievement Award. He is a leading researcher in the fields of children's savings and college debt. However, is research interests are broadly focused on public policies related to issues of economic inequality and social development. Numerous news and media outlets such as the National Journal, PBS News Hour, NPR, US News, the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, and others have featured his work. His research has served as the impetus for Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs and policies across the U.S. He is currently conducting research on the following CSA programs: Prosperity Kids in New Mexico, K2C in San Francisco, Promise Indiana, and the Harold Alfond College challenge in Maine. He has received research funding from such sources as the Ford Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and Citi foundation.

Research Interests/Focus

Economic, educational, and racial disparities; social policy; mental health; child development

Education

Year Degree   School
2008 PhD Social Work Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2005 MSW Social Work Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1995 BA Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA

Websites

Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion

Lewis, M., O’Brien, M., & Elliott, W. (2017). Immigrant Latino families saving against great odds: The case of CSAs and the prosperity kids program. Race and Social Problems, 9(3), 192-206.

Palmer, A., Elliott, W., & Cheatham, G. (2017). Effects of extracurricular activities on postsecondary completion for students with disabilities. The Journal of Educational Research, 110(2), 151-158.

Zhan, M., Xiang, X., & Elliott, W. (2016). Education loans and wealth building among young adults. Children and Youth Services Review, 66, 67-75.

Rauscher, E. & Elliott, W. (2016). The relationship between income and net worth in the U.S.A: Virtuous cycle for high but not low income households. Journal of Poverty.

Rauscher, E. & Elliott, W. (2016). Wealth as security: Growth curve analyses of household income and net worth during a recession. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37, 29-41.

Elliott, W. & Lewis, M. (2015). The real college debt crisis: How student borrowing threatens financial well-being and erodes the American dream. Broomfield, CO: Praeger.

Elliott, W. & Lewis, M. (2015). Student debt effects on financial wellbeing: Research and policy implications. Journal of Economic Surveys, 29(4), 614-636.

Friedline, T., Scanlon, E., Johnson, T., & Elliott W. (2015). Educational and Financial Institutions Partnering to Implement CSAs: Evaluation of Financial Partners' Perspectives from the 2011 GEAR UP Invitational Priority. Journal of Community Practice, 23(2), 203-237.

Elliott, W. (2014). Solving the paradox of high college expectations: The role of children’s savings accounts. In R. Cramer & T. Williams Shanks (Eds.), The assets perspective: The rise of asset building and its impacts on social policy. New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Elliott, W. & Lewis, M. (2014). Child development accounts (CDAs). The encyclopedia of social work.

Rauscher, E. & Elliott, W. (2014). The effect of wealth inequality on higher education outcomes: A critical review. Sociology Mind, 4, 282-297.

Lewis, M., Cramer, R., Elliott, W., & Spraque, A. (2013). Policies to promote economic stability, asset building, and child development. Children and Youth Services Review, 36, 15-21.

Cheatham, G., Smith, S. J., Elliott, W., & Friedline, T. (2013). Family assets, postsecondary education, and students with disabilities: Building on progress and overcoming challenges. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(7), 1078-1086.

Friedline, T., & Elliott, W. (2013). Connections with banking institutions and diverse asset portfolios in young adulthood: Children as potential future investors. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(6), 994-1006.

Elliott, W., Choi, E. H., & Friedline, T. (2013). Online statistics labs in MSW research methods courses: Reducing reluctance toward statistics. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(1), 81-95.

Friedline, T., Elliott, W., & Chowa, G. (2013). Testing an asset-building approach for young people: Early access to savings predicts later savings. Economics of Education Review, 33(1), 31-51.

Elliott, W. & Sherraden, M. (2013). Assets and educational achievement: Theory and evidence. Economics and Education Review, 33(3), 1-7.

Elliott, W. (2013). Small-dollar children’s savings accounts and children's college outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(3), 548585.

Elliott, W. (2013). The effects of economic instability on children’s educational outcomes. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(3), 461-471.

Elliott, W. & Kim, J. (2013). The role of identity-based motivation and solution-focus brief therapy in unifying accounts and financial education in school-related CDA programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(3), 402-410.

Elliott, W., Nam, I., & Friedline, T. (2013). Probability of living through a period of economic instability. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(3), 453-460.

Friedline, T., Elliott, W., & Chowa, G. (2013). Testing an asset-building approach for young people: Early access to savings predicts later savings. Economics of Education Review, 33(1), 31-51.

Elliott, W., Constance-Huggins, M., & Song, H. (2013). Improving college progress among low- to moderate-income (LMI) young adults: The role of assets. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34, 382-399.

Elliott, W., Choi, E. H., & Friedline, T. (2013). Online statistics labs in MSW research methods courses: Reducing reluctance toward statistics. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(1), 81-95.

Elliott, W. & Friedline, T. (2012). “You pay your share, we’ll pay our share”: The college cost burden and the role of race, income, and college assets. Economics of Education Review.

Song, H. & Elliott, W. (2012). The effects of parents’ school savings on college expectations and Hispanic youth’s four-year college attendance. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 1845-1852.

Friedline, T., Elliott, W., & Nam, I. (2012). Predicting savings and mental accounting among adolescents: The case of college. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1884-1895.

Elliott, W. & Nam, I. (2012). Direct effects of assets and savings on the college progress of Black young adults. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 34(1), 89-108.

Elliott, W., Chowa, G. & Loke, V. (2011). Toward a children’s savings and college-bound identity intervention for raising college attendance rates: A multilevel propensity score analysis. Sociology Mind, 1(4), 192-205.

Elliott, W., Destin, M, & Friedline, T. (2011). Taking stock of ten years of research on the relationship between assets and children’s educational outcomes: Implications for theory, policy and intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(11), 2312-2328.

Elliott, W., Jung, H., & Friedline, T. (2011). Raising math scores among children in low-wealth households: Potential Benefit of Children’s School Savings. Journal of Income Distribution, 20(2), 72-91.

Friedline, T. & Elliott, W. (2011). Predicting savings for white and black young adults: An early look at racial disparities in savings and the potential role of children's development accounts (CDAs). Journal of Race and Social Problems, 3(2), 99-118.

Elliott, W. & Beverly, S. (2011). The role of savings and wealth in reducing “wilt” between expectations and college attendance. Journal of Children and Poverty, 17(2), 165-185.

Song, H. & Elliott, W. (2011). The role of assets in improving college attainment among Hispanic immigrant youth in the U.S. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(11), 2160-2167.

Elliott, W., Choi, E. H., Destin, M. & Kim, K. (2011). The age old question, which comes first? A simultaneous test of children’s savings and children’s college-bound identity. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), 1101-1111.

Elliott, W. & Beverly, S. (2011). Staying on course: The effects of savings and assets on the college progress of young adults. American Journal of Education, 117(3), 343-374.

Friedline, T., Elliott, W., & Nam, I. (2011). Predicting savings in young adulthood: The role of adolescent savings. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 2(1), 1-22.

Chowa, G. & Elliott, W. (2011). An asset approach to increasing financial and efficacy expectations among families in Uganda. Journal of Socio-Economics, 40(1), 81-87.

Elliott, W. (2010). Review of the book "Steady gains and stalled progress: Inequality and the black- white test score gap" by Katherine Magnuson and Jane Waldfogel, editors. Social Service Review, 84(2), 312-315.

Sherraden, Margaret. S., Johnson, L., Guo, B. & Elliott, W. (2010). Financial capability in children: Effects of participation in a school-based financial education and savings program. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 32(3), 385-399.

Elliott, W., Jung, H., Kim, K., & Chowa, G. (2010). A multi-group structural equation model (SEM) examining asset holding effects on educational attainment by race and gender. Journal of Children and Poverty, 16(2), 91-121.

Elliott, W., Kim, K. H., Jung, H., & Zhan, M. (2010). Asset holding and educational attainment among African American youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(11), 1497-1507.

Elliott, W., Sherraden, M., Johnson, L. & Guo, B. (2010). Young children's perceptions of college and saving: Potential role of child development accounts. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(11), 1577-1584.

Shanta, P. & Elliott, W. (2010). Suppressor variables in social work research: Ways to detect them in multiple regression. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 1(1), 28-40.

Elliott, W., Jung, H., & Friedline, T. (2010). Math achievement and children’s savings: Implications for child development accounts. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 31(2), 171-184.

Elliott, W. (2009). Children’s college aspirations and expectations: The potential role of college development accounts (CDAs). Children and Youth Services Review, 31(2), 274-283.

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