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

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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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FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI, Democratic Party
American Samoa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $86,121.62

Average cost per trip - $8,612.16
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 54 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - USO Missouri, Howard Johnson Hotels
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Asia Pacific Heritage Month speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,230.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $485.00
Lodging Cost - $1,010.00
Meal Cost - $435.00
Other Cost - $245.00
Total Cost - $2,175.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Samoa for all of Sacramento
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes - Daughter Taualai Hunkin accompanied.

Travel Cost - $21,183.86
Lodging Cost - $3,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $25,483.86

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Japan legislative exchange program at George Washington University
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - to promote exchanges between the U.S. and Japan on trade and economic issues
Notes - with child Tema Hunkin - other covered phone calls and faxes at hotel

Travel Cost - $55.14
Lodging Cost - $339.98
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $52.90
Total Cost - $448.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Notes -

Travel Cost - $346.70
Lodging Cost - $208.00
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - November 29, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - mark 50th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement on the Korean peninsula. Will meet with senior official re Korea/United States relations. Visit American Troops at DMZ
Notes - with child Tema Hunkin

Travel Cost - $20,498.84
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $22,098.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - Enhance US - Kazakhstan relations. Discuss nuclear nonproliferation
Notes - DC - Kazakhstan - San Francisco - Apia

Travel Cost - $22,373.70
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $24,373.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - May 12, 2004 - May 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Build relationship with newly elected President of the Republic of Korea
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $870.50
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - August 12, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Attending Democratic Pacific Union inaugural meeting and fact finding / educational visit
Notes - Dulles, VA - Los Angeles, CA - Taipei, Taiwan - Los Angeles, CA - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $6,380.00
Lodging Cost - $1,120.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,100.00

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.