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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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DICKS, NORM D, Democratic Party
Washington

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $71,020.73

Average cost per trip - $3,945.60
Total number of days spent traveling - 81 days
Rank of representative - 72 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participation in conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Suzanne Dicks accompanied. Transport costs include $50 ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,496.20
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,171.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 8, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To address annual AEL-CIO Maritime Trades Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,247.25
Lodging Cost - $370.65
Meal Cost - $27.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,644.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Stevedoring Services of America
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 11, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Panama City, Panama

Purpose - Security concerns of Canal area, reverted land from US military-port development
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,423.10
Lodging Cost - $180.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,603.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Council on Foreign Relations
Dates - May 13, 2002 - May 13, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - to speak at CFR panel event on "Bush's defense policy proposal"
Notes - Transportation breakdown is $256 for shuttle, $78 for car service.

Travel Cost - $335.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $335.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - Spouse included (name not given). Other cost is for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $3,223.36
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $6,913.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Leadership summit for dialogue between business leaders and government officials to discuss ways to stimulate its economy
Notes - Spouse Suzanne C Dicks accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,064.00
Lodging Cost - $1,543.05
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,657.05

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - November 10, 2003 - November 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Briefings on global hawk, EA6B, B2 and Fire Scout programs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $267.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $235.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $702.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - NASDAQ Leadership Summit - dialogue between business leaders and government officials
Notes - wife Suzanne Dicks accompanied him

Travel Cost - $2,882.90
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $531.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,358.90

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference on US-China relations
Notes - wife Suzanne Dicks accompanied him - other expenses were grand transportation

Travel Cost - $4,560.45
Lodging Cost - $1,675.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,035.45

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Boeing Inc.
Dates - April 7, 2004 - April 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Briefing and tour of C-17 aircraft and aircraft protection system. Tour of AF satellite production facilities
Notes - 04/09/2004 to 04/18/2004 was at his personal expense

Travel Cost - $210.20
Lodging Cost - $741.00
Meal Cost - $166.13
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,117.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trade Dept
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Guest speaker to executive board to provide insight on the Legislative issues of concern to the American Maritime industry.
Notes - Seattle, WA - Las Vegas, NV - DC

Travel Cost - $548.11
Lodging Cost - $152.76
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $755.87

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Conference on U.S. policy in Latin America
Notes - DC - Punta Mita, Mexico - DC

Travel Cost - $1,957.68
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,925.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - November 10, 2004 - November 15, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Palmdale, CA for briefings on B-2 program, Global Hawk E10 program - Space Park - El Segundo for briefings on classified programs
Notes - DC - Los Angeles - DC Personal Expense 11/13 11/15

Travel Cost - $804.19
Lodging Cost - $249.12
Meal Cost - $181.34
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,234.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SSA Marine Inc
Dates - December 1, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Manzanillo, Mexico - Panama City, Panama

Purpose - To observe operations & efficiencies of SSA Marine, Inc marine & rail terminals in overseas ports. SSA Marine responsible for operation of ports of Tacoma & Port Angeles. Briefings provided SSA officials emphasized different personnel & infrastructure re
Notes - Seattle, WA - Manzanillo, Mexico - Panama City, Panama - Washington, DC Personal Expense 12/3/04 -12/6/04

Travel Cost - $2,859.10
Lodging Cost - $381.63
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,390.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Notes - DC - Wye River Conference Center - DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Committee on Homeland Security Retreat
Notes - DC - Wye River Conference Center - DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Raydon Corp
Dates - February 17, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - To visit the Association of the United States Army Conference to view Convoy training, up-armored HMMWV trainers, tabletop trainers & virtual soldier and trainers for the Abrams & Bradley fighting vehicles
Notes - DC - Miami, FL - DC [Amended to change sponsor from Spectrum Group]

Travel Cost - $414.41
Lodging Cost - $382.00
Meal Cost - $189.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $985.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - Conference on US- China Relations
Notes - Seattle, WA - China - Seattle, WA Traveled with child

Travel Cost - $14,050.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,382.10

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.