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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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CONRAD, KENT, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $57,050.17

Average cost per trip - $4,754.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 62 days
Rank of representative - 106 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,277.70
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $6,002.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,131.20
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,611.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations
Notes - wife, Lucy Calautti accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,797.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $7,297.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Renaissance Institute
Dates - December 28, 2000 - January 1, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Hilton Head, SC

Purpose - Participate in discussions of current issues
Notes - Other expenses not specified. Wife, Lucy Calautti and daughter, Jesse accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,350.00
Other Cost - $1,650.00
Total Cost - $4,360.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,305.12
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $5,995.12

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in conference on the global environment
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,987.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,337.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Marketplace of Ideas, 501(c)3
Dates - January 15, 2003 - January 16, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - official business event
Notes - Washington, DC - Grand Forks, ND - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,684.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,684.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 19, 2003 - February 23, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact finding mission primarily in the area of agriculture
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,206.00
Lodging Cost - $1,348.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $288.00
Total Cost - $4,142.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Farm Credit Council
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami Beach, FL

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,309.40
Lodging Cost - $699.00
Meal Cost - $209.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,218.36

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Russia-Europe Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,249.00
Lodging Cost - $1,875.00
Meal Cost - $2,130.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,454.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Workforce Assn
Dates - December 4, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To address National Workforce Association Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $538.29
Lodging Cost - $192.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $84.00
Total Cost - $814.29

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 8, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $928.20
Lodging Cost - $206.30
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,134.50

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.