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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

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LAFALCE, JOHN J, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $27,301.66

Average cost per trip - $3,900.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 239 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - "US-Germany Roundtables for the 21st century"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,775.71
Lodging Cost - $1,448.42
Meal Cost - $668.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,892.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Notes - spouse meal -- 405 each, member and spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $796.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,606.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Calabria, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political and legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of Congress
Notes - Spouse Patricia LaFalce, other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,642.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $3,742.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To participate in conference on education
Notes - Spouse Patricia LaFalce

Travel Cost - $1,360.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,493.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 16, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on U.S. policy towards Cuba
Notes - Child Martin LaFalce

Travel Cost - $2,903.26
Lodging Cost - $1,884.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $5,827.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc.
Dates - May 30, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chantilly, VA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $910.59
Meal Cost - $326.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,237.15

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - other expenses include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,463.70
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,503.70

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.