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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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COMBEST, LARRY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $14,324.58

Average cost per trip - $1,790.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 376 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Dates - June 23, 2000 - June 25, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Address their annual meeting
Notes - "Note: The Hotel provided a complimentary room to the Association; they were not charged, but this would have been the cost for 2 nights)

Travel Cost - $293.50
Lodging Cost - $278.00
Meal Cost - $97.09
Other Cost - $154.00
Total Cost - $822.59

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 6, 2000 - August 8, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Steamboat Springs, CO

Purpose - Talk about farm legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest -- other expenses are "rent car, fuel, parking"

Travel Cost - $1,308.60
Lodging Cost - $370.12
Meal Cost - $97.14
Other Cost - $153.51
Total Cost - $1,929.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Bipartisan Agriculture Committee Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Sharon Combest

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $482.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Horse Council
Dates - October 26, 2001 - October 28, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact finding - visit with Association members re: horse issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied. Other costs are for taxi and train to racetrack

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost - $785.42
Meal Cost - $726.00
Other Cost - $110.00
Total Cost - $2,121.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Illinois Farm Bureau
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 3, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Keynote address to 2001 annual meeting
Notes - Other costs are for cab

Travel Cost - $381.00
Lodging Cost - $201.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $20.00
Total Cost - $602.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - speak to NCC annual meeting
Notes - spouse Sharon Combest -- spouse dates of travel: Feb. 9-10, DC to Dallas

Travel Cost - $3,932.18
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,232.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Texas Independent Ginners' Association
Dates - March 11, 2002 - March 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Worth, TX

Purpose - address general session and president's dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $878.50
Lodging Cost - $135.72
Meal Cost - $44.40
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,058.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cotton Council
Dates - February 9, 2003 - February 10, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - Address national meeting on agricultural issues
Notes - Spouse Sharon Combest accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,838.00
Lodging Cost - $210.56
Meal Cost - $27.82
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,076.38

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.