Kaša Rita

Position: Assistant Professor; Research Fellow (on academic leave)
Unit: Business and Management Faculty
E-mail rita.kasa@sseriga.edu

Phone: +371 67015840

Rita Kaša holds a PhD in Comparative Education from the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA; MA and BA in Political Science from the University of Latvia. Her research interests concern educational policy, finance and governance with specific focus on student financial assistance policies in the circumstances of intensifying transnationalism, equity and equality in educational access. Rita is a board member in Latvia Dyslexia Association and is a member of Comparative and International Education Society. As a Fulbright scholar to the US, Rita has worked for the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project (http://gse.buffalo.edu/org/IntHigherEdFinance/), chaired by Dr. Bruce Johnstone; she has also assisted in the study Religion Among Academic Scientists, led by Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund (http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~ehe/raas.html).

Education:
Ph.D. in Comparative Education (SUNY Buffalo, USA)
M.A. in Political Science (University of Latvia, Latvia)
B.A. in Political Science (University of Latvia, Latvia)

Areas of research:
Higher education finance, educational policy, social integration

Publications & Articles:

Peer reviewed articles

2013       Kaša, Rita & Ait Si Mhamed, A., "Language policy and internationalization of higher education in the Baltic countries,” European Education (forthcoming)

2012       Kaša, Rita, Ait Si Mhamed, A., & Cunska, Z., “Student debt among University of Latvia graduates: Repayment prospects under income-contingent student loans scheme,” Baltic Journal of Economics 10(2), 73 - 89.

2010       Kaša, Rita & Ait Si Mhamed, A., “Comparing tertiary graduates with and without student loans in Latvia,” Baltic Journal of Economics, 10(2), 49 – 62.

2008       Kasa, Rita, “Aspects of fiscal federalism in higher education cost-sharing in Latvia,” PeabodyJournal of Education,83(1), 86 -100.

Monographs and book chapters

2009       Kaša, Rita, (Radošās) domāšanas prasmes Latvijas skolās [Skills of (Creative) Thinking at Schools in Latvia]. Rīga: Iespējamā misija & Radošuma pils.

2008       Kaša, Rita, Demand and potential for institutionalizing interdisciplinary design education program in Latvia. Riga: Stockholm School of Economics in Riga & Jaunrīgas Attīstības Uzņēmums.

2008       Kaša, Rita and Ķešāne, Iveta, “Learning to Welcome: Integration of Immigrants in Latvia.”In Dace Akule (Ed.), Learning to Welcome: Integration of Immigrants in Latvia and Poland (pp. 37 – 77). Riga: Center for Public Policy Providus.

2008       Kasa, Rita,“The reverse gender gap in Latvian higher education: New issues in human capital formation.” In Yoshiko Nozaki and Rachel Fix (Eds.), Gender equality and higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond: Comparative and historical perspectives (pp. 58 – 66).Buffalo, NY: State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Press.

2008       Kaša, Rita, “Augstākās izglītības pieejamība Latvijā: Valsts un pašvaldību loma studentu finansēšanā” [Higher education accessibility in Latvia: The role of govenment and municipalities in funding students]. In Žaneta Ozoliņa un Inga Ulnicāne – Ozoliņa (Eds.), Latvija 2020: Nākotnes izaicinājumi sabiedrībai un valstij [Latvia 2020: Future challenges for society and the state] (pp. 83 – 100). Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds.

2003       Kaša, Rita, “Augstākās izglītības finansēšana Latvijā: 1991 – 2001” [Financing of higher education in Latvia: 1991 – 2001]. In J. Ikstens, Z. Ozolina, J. Prikulis and F. Rajevska (Eds.), Jautājumi politikas zinātnē II: Akadēmisko rakstu krājums [Issues in Political Science II: Collection of Academic Papers] (pp. 151 – 175). Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte.

Working papers

2008       Kasa, Rita, “Quantitative and qualitative research design: Beyond dichotomy”. Comparative Minds, Critical Visions: Working Paper Seriesat the Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education at SUNY Buffalo, 2, 25-29.

2007       Kasa, Rita and Yoshiko Nozaki, “Re-imagining Latvia as a multicultural nation.” Comparative Minds, Critical Visions: Working Paper Seriesat the Center for Comparative and Global Studies in Education at SUNY Buffalo, 1, 36 - 40.

Public policy papers

2013       Kaša, Rita, Kristīne Liepiņa, Aija Tūna, Financing and Governance of Education for Children with Special Needs in Latvia: Focus on Effectiveness, Efficiency and Equity. London: Open Society Foundations.

2008       Kaša, Rita, Aija Lulle, “Pirmsskolas izglītības politika Latvijā un Eiropā” [Preschool education in Latvia and Europe]. Āboltiņa, I. et al, “Pirmsskola kā stiprs pamats sabiedrības attīstībai” [Preschool as a Strong Base for Development in Society] (14. – 85. lpp). Rīga: Valsts Prezidenta kanceleja, Stratēģiskās analīzes komisija.

2004       Kasa, Rita, “Bridging the gap to higher education for low-income youth.” In I. Dedze, S.Heyneman, I.Austers & E.Lune (Eds.),Education reforms in Latvia: Underpinning integration and prosperity(pp. 95 - 101 ). Riga: Providus. 

2003       Kasa, Rita, “Student loans and access to higher education in Latvia.” In I. Dedze, S.Heyneman & G.Catlaks (Eds.), Education in Latvia’s transition: The challenge of management. Report on education in Latvia 2001/2002(pp. 96 - 119). Riga: Providus.

2001       Kasa, Rita and Zane Loza, “State financing for higher education: Financial flow mechanisms.” In G.Catlaks, S.Heyneman & K.Kreslins (Eds.), A passport to social cohesion and economic prosperity: Report on education in Latvia 2000 (pp. 14 - 26).  Riga: Soros Foundation Latvia.

Kaša Rita