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American RadioWorks |
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum, co-authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift. (Photo:  Social Science Research Council)

Ed researchers: Colleges can do more for students, especially in a bad economy

College is worth the investment. College graduates can't find good jobs. Student loan debt keeps rising, and now tops a trillion dollars. What can be done?

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.

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BASS, CHARLES F, Republican Party
New Hampshire

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $15,795.95

Average cost per trip - $1,436.00
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 353 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Discussion w/ 20 leading NE tech executives MIT,
Notes - Extra Cost: Thank you gift

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - To gather high-tech information
Notes -

Travel Cost - $759.20
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass, 2 children, Lucy and Jonathan, meal incl in lodging, other costs indicate registration, but no amount

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,464.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - State of New Jersey
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - NJ

Purpose - The Congress will testify in court on behalf of the state
Notes -

Travel Cost - $523.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $523.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - meetings and fact finding
Notes - other expenses: taxi and bus

Travel Cost - $1,250.00
Lodging Cost - $518.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost - $126.00
Total Cost - $1,924.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 8, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Detroit, MI

Purpose - to represent the Commerce Comm. at a CEA conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,281.00
Lodging Cost - $261.06
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,542.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - None specified
Notes - Spouse Lisa Bass accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,881.00
Lodging Cost - $488.33
Meal Cost - $86.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,455.69

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes -

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 4, 2004 - January 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact-finding mtg. In Detroit, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,082.95
Lodging Cost - $712.51
Meal Cost - $122.17
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,917.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Attend 2005 CES and attend meetings
Notes - Manchester, NH - Las Vegas - Phoenix, AZ

Travel Cost - $873.40
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,571.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Independent Baker's Assn
Dates - February 19, 2004 - February 25, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speak at conference
Notes - MHT - West Palm Beach - MHT (Manchester, NH) Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,577.40
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,577.40

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum, co-authors of Aspiring Adults Adrift. (Photo:  Social Science Research Council)

Ed researchers: Colleges can do more for students, especially in a bad economy

College is worth the investment. College graduates can't find good jobs. Student loan debt keeps rising, and now tops a trillion dollars. What can be done?

Recent Posts

  • 09.17.14

    A company short on skilled workers creates its own college-degree program

    At a Toyota plant in Kentucky, young people are learning how to fix robots, earning associate's degrees and graduating with jobs that pay up to $80,000 a year.
  • 09.11.14

    A 21st-century vocational high school

    For years, vocational education was seen as a lesser form of schooling, tracking some kids into programs that ended up limiting their future opportunities. Today, in the nation's best vocational programs, things are different.
  • 09.10.14

    Career academies: A new twist on vocational ed

    Across the country, thousands of high schools are transforming into career academies. The idea is that students will be more engaged if they see how academics are connected to the world of work. And they’ll be more likely to get the postsecondary schooling they need to support themselves in today’s economy.
  • 09.09.14

    The troubled history of vocational education

    Vocational education was once used to track low-income students off to work while wealthier kids went to college. But advocates for today's career and technical education say things have changed, and graduates of vocational programs may have the advantage over graduates of traditional high schools.