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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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COLE, TOM, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $38,069.50

Average cost per trip - $3,172.46
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 169 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Food Processing Association
Dates - August 19, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Tour food processing plants to learn about safety procedures, food processing, labeling and packaging.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $360.00
Lodging Cost - $435.00
Meal Cost - $301.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,096.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Orientation for new members of congress
Notes - I inadvertently failed to file the appropriate paperwork for this trip within the required 30-day window. I have taken steps within my office to ensure future compliance. Received by LRC 02/17/2004

Travel Cost - $21.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $148.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $519.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Other costs audiovisual incidentals-transportation by bus

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - Participate in a conference on US-China relations.
Notes - Ellen Cole, spouse, meals were $200 per person per day, other costs was ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,018.96
Lodging Cost - $3,350.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,768.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Ellen Cole, spouse-lodging cost was per couple-meals $800 per person, form signed 02/06/2004

Travel Cost - $4,582.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,032.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S. policy in Latin America
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Punta Mita, Mexico - Oklahoma City, OK

Travel Cost - $1,096.84
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,064.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative members retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $669.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pre Paid Legal Services Inc
Dates - September 24, 2004 - September 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Pre Paid Legal Services, Inc bi annual convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $412.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $412.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participate in polarization conference
Notes - OKC - Princeton, NJ - DC

Travel Cost - $716.60
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost - $83.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,079.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Institute of Politics
Dates - April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Spoke to a class of students about being a Member of Congress
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $497.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $532.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Koch Industries
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wichita, KS

Purpose - Congressman Cole participated in Koch Industries policy forum
Notes - Norman, OK - Wichita, KS - Norman, OK I inadvertently failed to file the appropriate paperwork for this trip within the required 30 day window. I have taken steps with my office to ensure future compliance.

Travel Cost - $594.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $11.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $605.25

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Washington, DC - Istanbul, Turkey - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $3,767.15
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,617.15

Additional family members - No

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.