Rita Kirshstein

Rita Kirshstein
Visiting Professor, Higher Education Administration
(202) 994-7218

Following a career that focused on higher education research in applied settings, Dr. Rita Kirshstein now brings that perspective to GSEHD students. Her particular interests include higher education finance, college access and affordability issues and staffing patterns in our colleges and universities. At the American Institutes for Research, she directed the Delta Cost Project and led numerous evaluations of federal and state programs.

Dr. Kirshstein is also interested in informing students and parents about current issues in higher education and has become a part of the Noodle community of experts. She has served on the board of trustees of the University of the District of Columbia and on the board of directors of College Bound, a DC-based college access program.

Education
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sociology
M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sociology
B.A., Emory University, Sociology

Publications

Kirshstein, R. (2015, June). 6 Cost-savers to make paying for college easier. Noodle. Retrieved from: https://www.noodle.com/articles/6-cost-savers-to-make-paying-for-college...

Kirshstein, R. (2015, July). One college, many prices: What’s the story? Noodle. Retrieved from: https://www.noodle.com/articles/one-college-many-prices-whats-the-story

Kirshstein, R. (2015, October). Colleges’ reliance on part-time faculty: Who wins? Who loses? Noodle. Retrieved from: https://www.noodle.com/articles/the-rise-of-part-time-faculty-and-its-ef...

Desrochers, D., & Kirshstein, R. (2014, February). Labor intensive or labor expensive? Changing staffing and compensation patterns in higher education. Delta Cost Project at American Institutes of Research. Retrieved from: http://www.deltacostproject.org/sites/default/files/products/DeltaCostAI...

Kirshstein, R., & Kadamus, J. (2012, December). Climbing walls and climbing tuitions. Delta Cost Project at American Institutes of Research. Retrieved from: http://www.deltacostproject.org/sites/default/files/products/Delta-Cost-...

Kirshstein, R. (2012, December). Not your mother’s college affordability crisis. Delta Cost Project at American Institutes of Research. Retrieved from: http://www.deltacostproject.org/sites/default/files/products/Delta-Cost-...

Desrochers, D., & Kirshstein, R. (2012). College spending in a turbulent decade: 2000-2010. Delta Cost Project at American Institutes of Research. Retrieved from: http://www.deltacostproject.org/sites/default/files/products/Delta-Cost-...

Hurlburt, S., & Kirshstein, R. (2012). Spending, subsidies, and tuition: Why are prices going up? What are tuitions going to pay for? Delta Cost Project at American Institutes of Research. Retrieved from: http://www.deltacostproject.org/sites/default/files/products/Delta-Subsi...

In the News

Dr. Daniel Klasik was unanimously elected to be the new director of GSEHD's higher education administration program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Klasik will phase into the new role this semester and has the support of Dr. Rita Kirshstein as the master's degree coordinator. Dr. Kirshstein was also unanimously elected to continue in her role supporting master's degree students. The faculty are confident in their leadership, care, and dedication as the program continues to grow and excel in equipping scholar-practitioners to meet the demands of work in higher education administration.

Dr. Rita Kirshstein was an invited participant in a working group focused on the costs and benefits of change in STEM education at an inaugural meeting of the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN).