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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

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  • 09.10.14

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Office of

Jim Cooper


Total cost of 17 office trips: $54,214.41


Trips by Jim Cooper
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $49,230.62

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $662.01
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: RALEIGH DURHAM
Sponsor: MOREHEAD FOUNDATION
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN MOREHEAD ALUMNI FORUM
Date: Mar 29, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $215.00
source

Destination: PHOENIX
Sponsor: Thomas Cressey Equity Partners
Purpose: PARTICIPATION/SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,297.13
source

Destination: WASHINGTON D.C.-WILLIAMSBURG, VA-NASHVILLE
Sponsor: New Democrat Network
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: May 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $608.40
source

Destination: FT LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,797.40
source

Destination: NASHVILLE FAIRBANKS, BEAVER, ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NAT'L WILDLIFE REFUGE, KAKTOVIK-FAIRBANKS-GULFPORT, MS
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTH JUSTICE, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB, WITTERNESS SOCIETY, WORLD WILDLIFE FEE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING/ENERGY & WILDERNESS ISSUE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,559.76
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES - SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - BRISBANE - CARNES L.A.
Sponsor: American Australian Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $25,441.56
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $3,121.40
source

Destination: D.C. - BOSTON
Sponsor: Healthcare Association of New York State
Purpose: SPEAK
Date: Jul 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $428.62
source

Destination: MALIBU, CA
Sponsor: THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 15, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,679.79
source

Destination: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,843.55
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jim Cooper

Thomas Fields
Christi Granstaff
Laura Haynes
Anne Kim



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.