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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?

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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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OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $25,049.02

Average cost per trip - $3,578.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 260 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressman John Conyers
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.50
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $648.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Maria Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Catharine Street Community Center, Inc.
Dates - January 18, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - Speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $181.50
Lodging Cost - $203.96
Meal Cost - $385.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $770.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.50
Lodging Cost - $204.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $924.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SECME
Dates - July 15, 2002 - July 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,423.00
Lodging Cost - $637.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 6, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - 45th annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $396.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $889.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other: none disclosed spouse, Mira Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $2,971.40
Lodging Cost - $4,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $10,551.40

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.