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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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ETHERIDGE, BOB, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $51,916.51

Average cost per trip - $5,768.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 120 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - AL

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Child Brian Etheridge accompanied. NB - Member paid $500 toward cost of trip.

Travel Cost - $1,442.00
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,170.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 27, 2001 - March 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Legislative update to company employees.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $339.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $3.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $342.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japan Center for International Exchange
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 30, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - educational
Notes - spouse Faye Etheridge

Travel Cost - $15,039.81
Lodging Cost - $1,325.01
Meal Cost - $1,400.01
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,764.83

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - Fact-finding trip to Spanish nuclear facilities
Notes - Spouse Faye Etheridge accompanied

Travel Cost - $12,198.00
Lodging Cost - $1,160.00
Meal Cost - $1,266.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,624.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Educational (visit to Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,389.27
Lodging Cost - $216.75
Meal Cost - $261.20
Other Cost - $92.26
Total Cost - $1,959.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - Conference on education reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,232.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,972.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - with spouse Faye Etheridge

Travel Cost - $3,458.02
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,078.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Participate in "Washington Outlook" panel on 3/19 9 am - 11 am Futures Industry Association Conference
Notes - No date stamp from the Office of the Clerk US House of Representatives. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $870.10
Lodging Cost - $490.62
Meal Cost - $176.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,536.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - June 19, 2005 - June 20, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Town hall to discuss importance of Social Security to rural Americans
Notes - Raleigh - Louisville - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $349.29
Lodging Cost - $119.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $468.29

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.