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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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JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $107,928.73

Average cost per trip - $7,709.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 75 days
Rank of representative - 32 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Shaw Group
Dates - November 8, 2000 - November 15, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Nigeria - Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - fact finding economic development & trade mission
Notes - meal costs included in lodging

Travel Cost - $6,597.20
Lodging Cost - $275.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,872.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower
Dates - April 6, 2001 - April 15, 2001 (10 days)
Location(s) - Botswana

Purpose - CODEL investigating AGOA implementation; anti-AIDS initiatives and diamond industry in Botswana
Notes - Child Jelani Jefferson

Travel Cost - $17,794.62
Lodging Cost - $2,258.71
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,753.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American International Group, Connell Company
Dates - July 9, 2001 - July 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY - Berkeley Heights, NJ

Purpose - To make two speeches on U.S. Trade Agenda before House Ways & Means Committee
Notes - Trans paid by Connell, lodging paid by AIG

Travel Cost - $240.75
Lodging Cost - $272.59
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $513.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 19, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - congressional retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $30.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $60.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Stolt Globestar, TDC Overseas Ltd, George Stevens Resources
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Lagos, Nigeria - Abuja, Nigeria

Purpose - Review of US Trade and Development Agency (TDA) Projects/ Briefing on Nigerian elections
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,268.04
Lodging Cost - $5,270.79
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $15,938.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hispanic, Asian and Congressional Black Caucus)
Notes - Spouse Andrea Jefferson accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $685.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,234.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Attend Maritime Trades Department Executive Board meeting and give speech on legislation affecting Maritime industry
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Las Vegas - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,516.80
Lodging Cost - $800.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,116.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Wachovia, Heckerling Institute
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 13, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Participate and speak at the 39th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate planning
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost - $1,320.99
Lodging Cost - $303.99
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,624.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Arab American Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 25, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Egypt

Purpose - CRC CODEL to Egypt for meetings with government officials on trade policy and foreign relations policy
Notes - WDC - Egypt only one way Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,860.00
Lodging Cost - $1,654.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,314.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 28, 2005 - March 30, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Participate in fifth annual forum on Democracy and Free Trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Cairo - UAE - Qatar - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,253.50
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,303.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Consulting Services, Verizon, iGate Inc, Leth Energy Inc
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Abuja, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe

Purpose - In his capacity as co-chair of Congressional Nigeria Caucus & Africa Trade & Investment Caucus; Rep Jefferson led a business delegation to West Africa to explore general investment opportunities & AGOA (African Growth & Opportunity Act)
Notes - Washington, DC - Abua, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Yaounde, Cameroon - Douala, Cameroon - Malabo, Equatorial Guinea - Sao Tome and Principe - Lagos, Nigeria - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $14,843.00
Lodging Cost - $1,020.00
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,313.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Brazil Business Council
Dates - April 11, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Brasilia, Brazil - El Salvador

Purpose - Fact finding mission focused on increasing opportunities for African-American companies in Brazil through trade and partnerships with Afro-Brazilian business / Participation in African-American/Afro-Brazilian Business Summit
Notes - New Orleans - Rio de Janeiro - Sao Paulo - Brasilia - Salvador - New Orleans

Travel Cost - $7,419.50
Lodging Cost - $738.00
Meal Cost - $261.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,418.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Win Win Strategies Foundation
Dates - July 6, 2005 - July 11, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Accra, Ghana

Purpose - Education and business development
Notes - Washington, DC - London - Accra, Ghana / Accra, Ghana - London - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $6,849.67
Lodging Cost - $2,398.18
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,247.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - Share views on issues on healthcare and education pertaining to African Americans
Notes - Houston, TX - Memphis, TN - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $118.00
Meal Cost - $99.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $217.00

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.