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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?

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    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.
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    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.

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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RUSH, BOBBY LEE, Independent Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $38,219.77

Average cost per trip - $6,369.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 168 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on Education Reform
Notes - Chicago, IL - Cancun, Mexico - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $659.81
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $720.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $3,029.81

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Three day fact finding meeting
Notes - Chicago, IL - Detroit, MI - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $645.40
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $1,620.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - Conference on the global environment
Notes - Chicago, IL - Lausanne, Switzerland - Chicago, IL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,358.60
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,358.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - Conference on Brazil
Notes - Chicago, IL - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas - Chicago, IL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,012.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $3,040.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,902.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - November 21, 2002 - November 26, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on US policy toward Columbia
Notes - Chicago, IL - Punta Mita, Mexico - Chicago, IL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,600.96
Lodging Cost - $2,176.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost - $160.00
Total Cost - $6,496.96

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference on the global environment
Notes - Chicago, IL - Barcelona, Spain - Chicago, IL Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,462.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,812.00

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.