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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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THOMAS, WILLIAM M, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $80,566.15

Average cost per trip - $4,475.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 57 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,933.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $357.02
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $4,169.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Forum Institute
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boise, ID

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,706.00
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dates - November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - tax conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,648.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Legislative Strategies Inc.
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - healthcare meetings
Notes - transportation paid for by Legislative Strategies, meals paid for by First Union

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $109.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,335.45
Lodging Cost - $396.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,731.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Paine Webber
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $98.40
Lodging Cost - $501.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - speech and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Sharon Thomas accompanied. Other costs are for Edinburgh Military tattoo and tradistional Scottish Athletic Highland Games.

Travel Cost - $18,702.34
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $2,272.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $23,874.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nashville Health Care Council
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,814.50
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 18, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thousand Oaks, CA

Purpose - healthcare remarks and tour of healthcare facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $644.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $644.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - April 14, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bakersfield, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,847.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,742.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,710.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - July 1, 2003 - July 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paso Robles, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,256.86
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gainesville, VA

Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - Panel discussions
Notes - Dulles, VA - Avon, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $2,570.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,210.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Notes - Dulles, VA - Beaver Creek, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $27,233.00
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost - $304.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $27,962.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Club
Dates - July 21, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monte Rio, CA

Purpose - Speeches on Social Security Reform
Notes - Santa Rosa, CA - Monte Rio, CA - Santa Rosa, CA $1800.00 was all-inclusive cost for lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,800.00

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.