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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

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BALLENGER, THOMAS CASS, Republican Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $7,184.81

Average cost per trip - $1,436.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 467 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - University of Miami, Dante B. Fascell North-South Center
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - keynote North-South Center/U.S. Army War College Conference
Notes - spouse Donna D. Ballenger

Travel Cost - $1,879.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,989.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Coffee Association of USA, Inc.
Dates - March 6, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote conference, attend panels
Notes - Spouse Donna Ballenger accompanied

Travel Cost - $630.95
Lodging Cost - $524.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,405.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - ESOP Association Carolinas Chapter
Dates - February 5, 2004 - February 6, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Guest speaker and award recipient
Notes - Other expense: taxi

Travel Cost - $840.70
Lodging Cost - $144.48
Meal Cost - $17.00
Other Cost - $155.48
Total Cost - $1,157.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Colombian Coffee Federation
Dates - December 1, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bogota, Colombia

Purpose - Attend annual meeting of Coffee Federation, and Official business
Notes - Charlotte, NC - Bogota, Colombia - Charlotte, NC

Travel Cost - $1,991.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,141.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wilmington Bulk LLC
Dates - July 11, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC - Kenansville, NC

Purpose - Tour of Wilmington Bulk Port Authority and lunch in Kenansville
Notes - Washington, DC (Dulles) - Wilmington, NC - Kenansville, NC - Washington, DC (Dulles)

Travel Cost - $471.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $491.00

Additional family members - No

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

    Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

    For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.