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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

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BINGAMAN, JEFF, Democratic Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $31,559.05

Average cost per trip - $4,508.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 205 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To attend a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,382.00
Lodging Cost - $2,095.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,077.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Brookings
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - To attend a welfare reform conference
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other expenses totaled (25+1168) not specified-signed 05/13/2003

Travel Cost - $97.00
Lodging Cost - $784.00
Meal Cost - $252.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,133.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 21, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To attend a conference on health policy
Notes - Actual reimbursement- (44.95+2549.94)-signed 05/13/2002

Travel Cost - $1,208.50
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $423.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,504.99

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Actual reimbursement.

Travel Cost - $3,087.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,887.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 16, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other expenses not specified-trans costs includes couple AKB -lodging is for couple-meal $800 JFB, $400 AKB

Travel Cost - $4,510.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,435.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in AEI World Forum
Notes - Mrs. Bingaman attended-all expenses include hers. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,120.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,670.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on health care policy
Notes - Actual reimbursement-other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $558.26
Lodging Cost - $1,762.80
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $2,852.06

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.