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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

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  • 07.15.15

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  • 07.07.15

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Office of

Mel Watt


Total cost of 58 office trips: $158,601.60


Trips by Mel Watt
Total cost of congressperson's 23 trips: $89,512.47

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $5,695.50
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CBC, THE CHC AND THE CAPAC
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,422.08
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO JACKSONVILLE, FL TO CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Purpose: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION BRAINTRUST
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,236.50
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,930.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: JOINT LISTENING SESSIONS OF CBC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BRAINTRUSTS
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,248.58
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,666.60
source

Destination: POTOMAC, MD
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Sep 12, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $536.60
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT BETWEEN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,343.72
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE CBC INSTITUTE SPONSORED DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Date: Oct 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $250.70
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Purpose: MET WITH THE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE AND THE CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE, INC. TO DISCUSS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE RELATED ISSUES
Date: Oct 27, 2003
Expense: $1,008.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NASSAU, BAHAMAS-CHARLOTTE, NC
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 8TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,100.00
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-PUNTA MITA, MEXICO-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,533.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Humpty Dumpty Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE RETREAT ON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES IN AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN BASIN
Date: Jan 16, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,705.20
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-LOS ANGELES, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Purpose: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES IN THE RECORDING INDUSTRIES
Date: Feb 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,466.66
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,502.02
source

Destination: HAVANA, CUBA
Sponsor: Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TRIP TO CUBA
Date: Mar 12, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,329.23
source

Destination: GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $10,988.00
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,838.80
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-NEW YORK CITY-SYRACUSE, NY
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN BRIEFINGS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS RELATED TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
Date: Jan 28, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $695.01
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY-SYRACUSE, NY-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.
Date: Jan 30, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,193.00
source

Destination: CANCUN, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM.
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,404.80
source

Destination: CHARLOTTE, NC-SAN FRANCISCO, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE 2005 NATIONAL SHOW SPONSORED BY THE NCTA TO MEET WITH CABLE PROVIDERS, PROGRAMMERS AND SUPPLIERS TO LEARN FIRST HAND HOW THE INDUSTRY OPERATES AND THEIR PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS.
Date: Apr 1, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $8,350.05
source

Destination: MILWAUKEE, WI
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE AS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 2005 ANNUAL NAACP CONVENTION.
Date: Jul 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,067.33
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mel Watt

Andrew Barwig
Andrew Berwig
Paul Brathwaite
Joyce Brayboy
Keven Brough
Laura Hooper
Jewel James
Erika Jeffers
William Johnson
Jesse Price
Christal Sheppard



American RadioWorks |
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

    Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

    For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.