Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Rita Kasa

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Rita Kasa
Position:
Assistant Professor
Office Phone:
+7(7172)704953
Specializations:
Higher education
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Education:

PhD, Comparative Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

MA, Political Science, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

BA, Political Science, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia

 

Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDUC 704 Advanced Quantitative Methods of Education Research
  • EDUC 712 Educational Policy and Reform
  • EDIE 621 Education Policy Analysis and Development (Inclusive Education)
  • EDUC 619 Education Policy Analysis (School Leadership)
  • EDHE 640 Higher Education Finance
  • EDUC 661 Inclusive Education Perspectives
  • EDUC 600 Research Methods
  • EDUC 675 Learning to Work
  • EDUC 671/671 Work-based/ Internship based Project
  • MSc Thesis Seminar

Thematic areas of research specialization:

Higher education

Inclusive education

Multilingual Education and language policy

Other cross-sectional issues in education

Research subthemes:

Higher education: research capacity, internationalization, governance and autonomy, access and equity

Inclusive education: inclusion, governance of inclusive education, financing inclusive education

Cross-sectional: educational economics and finance, educational reform and policy, equity in education access

Countries and Geographic areas of research specialization: European Union, countries in Post-Soviet area

 

Funded Projects:

  • Academic Credits Based Per Capita Higher Education Funding for Kazakhstan: Possible Models and Impact on National Higher Education Student Mobility, Institutional Budget Sustainability, and Institutional Development funded by Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan, 2018 – 2020. Co-Principal Investigator
  • Return on Investment Analysis of Bolashak Program: 1993-2017 funded by JSC Center for International Programs, Kazakhstan, 2016 – 2018. Researcher
  • Twenty-Five Years of Transition: Dynamics, Influences, and Results of Secondary School Transformation in Post-Soviet Countries funded by the World Bank and coordinated by the Institute of Education at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, 2017. Country Principal Investigator for the case of Latvia
  • Twenty-Five Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries funded by the World Bank and coordinated by the Institute of Education at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, 2014 – 2016. Researcher for the case of Latvia
  • EU Policies Impact to the Transformations of the Higher Education and Research System in Norway and Latvia funded by Norway Grants and carried out by a consortium of University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia, and Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation Research and Education, Norway, 2015 - 2016. Researcher
  • The Emigrant Communities of Latvia: National Identity, Transnational Relations, and Diaspora Politics funded by the European Social Fund and carried out under the auspices of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia, Latvia, 2014 – 2015. Research subtheme Higher Education Student Funding under the Circumstances of Transnationalism. Researcher
  • Funding and Governance of Education for Children with Special Needs in Latvia: Focus on Equity, Efficiency, and Effectiveness funded by Open Society Institute (OSI – ZUG), London, 2011 - 2012. Principal Investigator

 

Publications and presentations:

 

 REFEREED ARTICLE

  • Kaša, R., Ait Si Mhamed, A., Dedze, I. & Cunska, Z. (2016). Trajectories of higher education massification in Latvia. Higher Education in Russia and Beyond2(8), 27 – 28. HIGHER EDUCATION, LATVIA
  • Kaša, R., & Ait Si Mhamed, A. (2013). Language policy and internationalization of higher education in the Baltic countries. European Education 45(2), 28 – 50. HIGHER EDUCATION INTERNATIONALIZATION, LANGUGE POLICY, BALTIC COUNTRIES
  • Ait Si Mhamed, A., Kaša, R., & Cunska, Z. (2012). Student debt among University of Latvia graduates: Repayment prospects under income-contingent student loans scheme. Baltic Journal of Economics 10(2), 73 - 89. HIGHER EDUCATION, STUDENT LOANS, LATVIA
  • Ait Si Mhamed, A., & Kaša, R. (2010). Comparing tertiary graduates with and without student loans in Latvia. Baltic Journal of Economics, 10(2), 49 – 62. HIGHER EDUCATION, STUDENT LOANS, LATVIA
  • Kasa, R. (2008). Aspects of fiscal federalism in higher education cost-sharing in Latvia, Peabody Journal of Education, 83(1), 86 -100.

CHAPTERS IN BOOK

  • Ait Si Mhamed, A., Cunska, Z., Dedze, I. & Kaša, R. (2018, forthcoming). Latvia: A historical analysis of transformation and diversification of higher education system. In J. Huisman, A. Smolentseva & I. Froumin (Eds.), 25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries: Reform and Continuity. Palgrave Macmillan. HIGHER EDUCATION, LATVIA
  • Kasa, R. (2008). The reverse gender gap in Latvian higher education: New issues in human capital formation. In Y. Nozaki and R. 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.

BOOK

  • Ait Si Mhamed, A., Rakshit, A., Hernandez Torrano, D., Shamatov, D., Afzal, M., Kasa, R., Kerimkulova, S., Duisengali, A., Jalilova, Z., Sadvakassova, D. (2018,). Bolashak International Scholarship Program: An Evaluation of Effectiveness Through Analysis of Costs and Benefits. Astana: Center for Intyernational Programs. INTERNATTTIONAL STUDENT MOBILITY, COST BENEFIT OF EDUCATION INVESTMENT, KAZAKHSTAN

 

POLICY DOCUMENT

Vossensteyn, H., Nurmagambetov, A., Ibrasheva, A., Ait Si Mhamed, A., & Kaša, R.

(2016).University sustainability in relation to higher education funding model in

Kazakhstan in the context of transition period. In Development of Strategic Directions

for Education Reforms in Kazakhstan for  2015-2020, (pp. 42 – 113). Astana:

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. HIGHER EDUCATION

FUNDING, HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP, KAZAKHSTAN

 

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Kaša, R., et al. (2017, March). “Diversity index for assessment of higher education system differentiation: The case of Latvia,” the annual conference of Comparative and International Education Society, Atlanta, GA, USA. HIGHER EDUCATION, LATVIA
  • Kaša, R., et al. (2017, February). “Reforming Higher Education Funding in Kazakhstan: Perspectives of Higher Education Stakeholders,” the First Annual Conference of Kazakhstan Education Research Association (KERA), Astana, Kazakhstan. HIGHER EDUCATION FINANCE, HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP, KAZAKHSTAN
  • Kaša, R., et al. (2016, August). “Quantitative assessment of higher education system differentiation applying higher education diversity index: The case of Latvia,” the annual conference of European Educational Research Association (ECER), Dublin, Ireland. HIGHER EDUCATION, LATVIA
  • Kasa, R. et al. (2016, May). “Practicing inclusion in higher education: Sharing NU GSE experience,” Third International Scientific and Practical Conference of the National Academy of Education, Astana, Kazakhstan. INCLUSIVE EDUCATION, INSITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, HIGHER EDUCATION, KAZAKHSTAN
  • Kasa, R., et al. (2016, March). “Internationalization, Europeanization, globalization, and language in higher education,” Second International Conference on Education at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. INTERNATIONALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION, LANGUGE POLICY, BALTIC COUNTRIES
  • Kasa, R. (2015, January). “Higher education cost-sharing in the context of transnationalism: The case of students from Latvia,” Eurasia Business and Economics Society, Portugal, Lisbon. INTERNATIONAL STDUENT MOBILITY, STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, EDUCATION – MIGRATION NEXUS, LATVIA
  • Kasa, R. (2014, June). “The influence of student aid programs on international mobility of higher education graduates: The analysis of the evidence in literature,” Bulgarian Comparative Education Society annual conference, Nessebar, Bulgaria. INTERNATIONAL STDUENT MOBILITY, STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, EDUCATION – MIGRATION NEXUS
  • Kasa, R. (2013, July). “High skill migration between EU15 and EU8+2 and student financial aid strategies,” Diaspora Studies Summer School, Jurmala, Latvia. INTERNATIONAL STDUENT MOBILITY, STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, EDUCATION – MIGRATION NEXUS, EUROPEAN UNION