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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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SHIMKUS, JOHN M, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $35,694.07

Average cost per trip - $5,099.15
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 181 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 5, 2000 - January 11, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Vail, CO

Purpose - Attend the 2000 International Consumer Electronics show
Notes - took wife, Karen, and sons, David, Joshua and Daniel; meals and other expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $812.00
Lodging Cost - $1,037.47
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,849.47

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,357.00
Lodging Cost - $190.00
Meal Cost - $160.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,707.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Daniel Shimkus and children Daniel, Joshua and David accompanied. Meals included in lodging costs.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $1,320.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,572.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Dates - June 8, 2003 - June 9, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Attend NCTA's annual convention
Notes - Children David and Joshua Shimkus accompanied but member paid their expenses personally.

Travel Cost - $405.93
Lodging Cost - $524.33
Meal Cost - $101.27
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,031.53

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 27, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China

Purpose - Fact-finding trip and to build a one room computer school
Notes - Karen Shimkus spouse-other cost is amenities

Travel Cost - $18,275.65
Lodging Cost - $798.94
Meal Cost - $117.11
Other Cost - $9.95
Total Cost - $19,201.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Concordia Univ
Dates - May 6, 2005 - May 7, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seward, NE

Purpose - Commencement speaker
Notes - St Louis - Seward, NE - St Louis

Travel Cost - $93.90
Lodging Cost - $118.91
Meal Cost - $10.22
Other Cost - $93.39
Total Cost - $316.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Federation of Chicago/Springfield, IL
Dates - July 7, 2005 - July 15, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - not specified
Notes - St Louis - Chicago - Israel - Chicago - St Louis Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,380.00
Lodging Cost - $936.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,016.00

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.