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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.

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  • 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.

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.

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Trips sponsored by

Organization for Tropical Studies


Total cost of 26 trips: $46,107.75


Traveler: Kenneth Flanz (from the office of Michael Crapo)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: STUDY ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
source

Traveler: Deb Fiddelke (from the office of Chuck Hagel)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE TROPICS
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
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Traveler: Andrea Tebbe (from the office of Ray Lahood)
Destination:
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
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Traveler: Jennifer Johnson (from the office of Darrell Issa)
Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Purpose: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
source

Traveler: Susan Mers (from the office of David Price)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL (U.S. DECISION MAKERS COURSE)
Date: May 27, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $1,067.00
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Traveler: David Watkins (from the office of James Hansen)
Destination:
Purpose: TROPICAL STUDIES
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $1,873.91
source

Traveler: Gene Smith (from the office of Howard Berman)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,362.22
source

Traveler: Jennifer Barrett (from the office of Mark Udall)
Destination:
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN OTS U.S. DECISIONMAKERS COURSE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,360.00
source

Traveler: Abbie Meador (from the office of John Olver)
Destination: WASHINGTON DC - COSTA RICA
Purpose: COURSE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN TROPICAL COUNTRIES
Date: May 26, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $2,362.20
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Traveler: Bill Wicker (from the office of Jeff Bingaman)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN OTS'S 2003 U.S. DECISION-MAKERS COURSE. PROGRAM DIRECTLY ADDRESSES THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES-IN THE TROPICS, EXEMPLIFIED BY PROJECTS AND SITES IN C.R.
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,150.00
source

Traveler: Nicole Kroetsch (from the office of Byron Dorgan)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES FACED BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN THE TROPICS AND EXAMINE PROJECTS & SITES IN COSTA RICA
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,020.00
source

Traveler: Amy Fraenkel (from the office of Ernest Hollings)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: U.S. DECISION MAKERS COURSE ON CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT ISSUES FOR HILL STAFF AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF
Date: Feb 16, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $1,795.00
source

Traveler: Lloyd Ritter (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, INCLUDING TROPICAL FORESTRY, CONSERVATION AND URBAN SEQUESTRATION
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $1,360.00
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Traveler: Paul Brotherton (from the office of Maurice Hinchey)
Destination: COSTA RICA LECTURES-FIELD TRIPS IN PARKS AND RESEARCH STATIONS.
Purpose: FACT FINDING IN COSTA RICA. ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $2,895.00
source

Traveler: Jason Grove (from the office of Ralph Regula)
Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Purpose: STUDYING BIODIVERSITY PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES
Date: Mar 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,095.00
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Traveler: Alison Fox (from the office of Tom Harkin)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL COURSE ON FORESTRY AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Michael Zehr (from the office of Mitch Mcconnell)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: POLICY MAKER'S COURSE ON CONSERVATION AND BIODIVERSITY
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Christy Plumer (from the office of Lincoln Chafee)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: ORGANIZATION FOR TROPICAL STUDIES-DECISION MAKING CAUSE FOR US POLICY MAKERS
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Michael Goo (from the office of Joe Barton)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: ATTEND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY PROGRAM
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Tina Kaarsberg (from the office of Sherwood Boehlert)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose:
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Jessica Lenard (from the office of Frank Pallone)
Destination: SAN JUAN, COSTA RICA
Purpose: INTERNATIONAL DECISION MAKERS COURSE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES-STUDIES INCLUDED ECOSYSTEM BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES EMPLOYED GLOBALLY, AND CURRENT INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS (INCLUDING TRADE AND CONSERVAT
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,044.00
source

Traveler: Loretta Beaumont (from the office of C.W. Young)
Destination: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
Purpose: TO ATTEND A DECISIONMAKERS COURSE ON TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS FOR GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY OFFICIALS
Date: Feb 16, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $2,499.00
source

Traveler: Brian Bonlender (from the office of Jay Inslee)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: FACT FINDING, ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FOR TROPICAL FORESTS AND IMPACTS OF AMERICAN POLICIES EFFECTING TROPICAL COUNTRIES AND THEIR POLICIES EFFECTING THE UNITED STATES
Date: Mar 15, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $1,047.00
source

Traveler: Helen Hardin (from the office of Zach Wamp)
Destination: SAN JOSE
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: May 28, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $2,288.35
source

Traveler: Geoffrey Brown (from the office of Jim Jeffords)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: EXAMINE ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN THE TROPICS. ATTENDING US DECISION MAKERS COURSE
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $830.29
source

Traveler: Janine Benner (from the office of Earl Blumenauer)
Destination: COSTA RICA
Purpose: U.S. DECISION-MAKERS COURSE ON ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, AND SOCIAL FACTORS SHAPING RESOURCE USE AND CONSERVATION IN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES
Date: May 29, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,295.78
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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

    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.