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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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DORGAN, BYRON L, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $17,736.45

Average cost per trip - $1,182.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 29 days
Rank of representative - 328 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. relations toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,352.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,832.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 7, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - panel participant
Notes - International Consumer Electronics Show. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $1,480.00
Lodging Cost - $285.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,840.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Company
Dates - March 12, 2001 - March 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Address employees of Connell Company about current legislative events in Congress at company meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.00
Lodging Cost - $318.00
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $993.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Denver
Dates - June 8, 2001 - June 9, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - deliver commencement address
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,586.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,726.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - To participate in the 80 Megawatt Wind Project Dedication
Notes -

Travel Cost - $664.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $664.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - DLC Retreat
Notes - other expense not specified

Travel Cost - $485.35
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $248.36
Other Cost - $110.28
Total Cost - $1,411.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corporation
Dates - November 24, 2003 - November 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in the Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Roundtable in Grand Forks, ND
Notes - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,585.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Senator's participation in Energy Legislative Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $345.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $345.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Association
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participate in the Consumer Electronics Show and meetings to discuss innovations in technology
Notes -

Travel Cost - $84.00
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - September 16, 2002 - September 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Bismarck, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Bismarck.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bismarck, ND - Fargo, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Bismarck to Fargo.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Central Power Electric Cooperative
Dates - November 6, 2002 - November 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Minot, ND

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual cost not listed. Cost was for air travel from Fargo to Minot.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Midwest Electric Consumers Association
Dates - December 10, 2002 - December 10, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement. Fargo, ND - Denver, CO - Washington, DC
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so actual costs not listed. Cost was for air travel.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Comcast Corp
Dates - January 14, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Tour Comcast Media Center to review advancements in video on demand technology and technology used to deliver digital cable to rural areas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,069.22
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,069.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Oshkosh Truck Corp
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Participate in the National Guard 957th Bridge Company Welcome Home Event
Notes - Bismarck, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $882.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $882.00

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.