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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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WICKER, ROGER F, Republican Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 11
Total cost of trips - $60,885.23

Average cost per trip - $5,535.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 52 days
Rank of representative - 90 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Galveston, TX

Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Notes - Spouse accompanied (name not specified.)

Travel Cost - $962.00
Lodging Cost - $493.20
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,555.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Notes - Memphis, TN - Naples, FL - Memphis, TN

Travel Cost - $1,352.30
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $507.01
Other Cost - $600.98
Total Cost - $2,828.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 22, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the U.S.-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Memphis, TN connected through Amsterdam Netherlands (NWA) - Venice, Italy (KLM); Return Venice, Italy to Amsterdam, Netherlands (KLM) to Memphis, TN

Travel Cost - $4,683.20
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,688.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore (no return)

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $632.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council, US Malaysia Exchange Assn
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (11 days)
Location(s) - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - S.Korea: Meet w/Admin reps, Members of Parliament, Natl Security Advisor, & US Business to discuss US troop presence in Korea/N. Korea nuclear proliferation Malaysia:meet w/Prime Minister & other officials to learn more of the US business & counter-terror
Notes - Washington, DC - Seoul, South Korea - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Langkawi, Malaysia - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $24,125.98
Lodging Cost - $2,534.00
Meal Cost - $686.00
Other Cost - $412.00
Total Cost - $27,757.98

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - 104th Class Retreat
Notes - Memphis - Phoenix for Rep Wicker (Return was via new trip) Memphis - Phoenix - Memphis for Gayle Wicker.[assumed city]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $504.00
Meal Cost - $1,134.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,638.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Policy in Latin America in Punta Mita, Mexico
Notes - Phoenix - Puerto Vallarta - Memphis for Rep. Wicker Memphis - Puerto Vallarta - Memphis for Caroline Wicker

Travel Cost - $2,955.84
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,521.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aurora Flight Sciences
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Starkville, MS

Purpose - Deliver speech for Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening at Aurora's Starkville UAV factory.
Notes - Private aircraft was used. Equivalent first class airfare from DCA to GTR. Manassas, VA - Starkville, MS, municipal airstrip

Travel Cost - $616.70
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Memphis, TN - Honolulu, HI - Memphis, TN This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Memphis, TN - Dublin, Ireland - Memphis, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,879.30
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,841.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Isle of Capri Corp
Dates - July 30, 2005 - July 31, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - Charity benefit concert for the BB King Museum
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $132.16
Meal Cost - $45.03
Other Cost - $628.00
Total Cost - $805.19

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.