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A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 06:00
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IMO C.

If I negate the statement that other trainings do involve academic rigor, liberal arts are not that much required to high school education. So conclusion falls apart.
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Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 00:58
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A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.


Let us look at the options.

Option A: The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
This isn't the correct answer because the reader is only lamenting about the decline in academic rigor in the existing American educational institutions. Change in their number hasn't been discussed/assumed anywhere.
Anyway even if we assume this option as true, it doesn't support the reader's claim about declining academic rigor.
Hence Option A is incorrect.


Option B: All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
This option looks more like a probable solution suggested by the reader than an assumption to his argument. In other words, it doesn't precede his argument but follows it.
Hence Option B is incorrect.


Option C: Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
The reader is pointing at the low number of American colleges awarding majority of their degrees in liberal arts and is suggesting that as an evidence for the decline in academic rigor in American post high school education. This does take the assumption that liberal arts training requires much more academic rigor.
Hence Option C is correct.


Option D: Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
The fact that the reader is lamenting about the decline in academic rigor is enough to conclude that Academic rigor is an important aspect of post high school education. But whether it is the most important or not, we don't have sufficient information to infer.
Anyway "the importance of academic rigor" can't be an assumption to conclude about the "decline in academic rigor"
Hence Option D is incorrect.


Option E: Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.
No sufficient information is given regarding the amount of liberal arts degrees awarded by the colleges. Irrelevant.
Hence Option E is incorrect.


So the correct answer is Option C.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 05:23
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 05:41
pls explain ur choice
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 06:01
Conclusion : academic rigor in HS is redicuing becuase the grants are less for
ARTS majors.
Clrearly the assumption that links is that arts contiributes to acedamic rigor.

Hence, I choose C as it is other way of putting the assumption and saying that other
subject do not contribute to the acedemic rigor.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 09:29
Agree with C.

Negation of this choice attacks the conclusion

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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 09:35
classic case of disconnect.

only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.

This is evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education

So both of them must be linked.

So liberal arts impose academic rigor is the assumption. An enhancement would be other degrees do not offer that much rigor as LA does
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 09:40
IMO C.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 21:11
ritula wrote:
A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.


E is the best

1. A out immediately
2. The argument mentions only American colleges, NOT all the colleges, B out
3. The argument focuses ON the liberal arts ONLY, does not care other departments. Furthermore, "liberal arts" and "liberal arts training" are so different. Should not fall in the trap. C out

4. D is out at the first sight.

E is assumption
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 22:01
OA is C
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2009, 23:01
ritula wrote:
A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
Nothing in the above statements permit us to conclude that percentage will continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
What colleges SHOULD do is not relevant
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
If these degrees involved as much academic rigor then his conclusion falls apart so this must be the assumption
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
Most important?
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.

A quarter?
Reader is concluding because less grads are graduating with degrees in liberal art it's a sign that our education standards are deteriorating.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 00:16
OA is B.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 07:54
OA cannot be B. First strong words. second, it cannot be an assumption but rather signals a conclusion
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Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2012, 10:48
ritula wrote:
A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.


OA is C. However, my main concern with C is that post high school education is not equivalent to post-secondary education. Does it make sense?
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Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2012, 19:19
Only one doubt guys.. please clarify it... Is post high school education and post-secondary are same? ( Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.)

Because in India post secondary and high school are different.
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Re: CR:degrees [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2012, 05:04
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A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.


E is the best

1. A out immediately
2. The argument mentions only American colleges, NOT all the colleges, B out
3. The argument focuses ON the liberal arts ONLY, does not care other departments. Furthermore, "liberal arts" and "liberal arts training" are so different. Should not fall in the trap. C out

4. D is out at the first sight.

E is assumption


Here conclusion is about decline of academic rigor right??

Do u think E will contribute for this conclusion
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Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 03:25
Stimulus:
5.5% american colleges (post high school ed) grant their degrees in liberal arts
Thus, this is evidence in the decline of academic rigor

Assumption:
A connection between the lack of liberal arts to decline in acad rigor

Negate C:
If most post-secondary scientific, engineering and vocational training does involve rigor, then lack of liberal arts is not a good evidence of the decline.

Answer: C

a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
PROBLEM: There is no need for futuristic assumptions...

b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
PROBLEM: The scope is about rigor. We need to find a link to this gap.

d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
PROBLEM: Extreme
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Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2013, 03:57
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Correct choice is C

A) This is inference and not assumption

B) out of scope

C) Correct choice : based on low percentage of liberal arts reader asserts that there is decline in american rigor that means ups and downs in liberal arts must be indicative of american rigor.

D) Not Relevant

E) out of scope
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Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 23:16
ritula wrote:
A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts. Citing this, a reader wrote to lament that this was further evidence of the decline of academic rigor in American post high school education.

Which of the following is an assumption on the part of the reader?
a The percentage of American colleges granting liberal arts degrees would continue to drop.
b All colleges should grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts.
c Most post-secondary scientific, engineering, and vocational training does not involve as much academic rigor as liberal arts training.
d Academic rigor is the most important aspect of post high school education.
e Of the colleges that do not grant the majority of their degrees in the liberal arts, many granted fewer than a quarter of their degrees in the liberal arts.



My take is as below:
a. out of schope ad irrelevant, we dont have info of this. Looser
b. out of scope, no where related looser.
c. as they dont involve as rigor as this does and the numbers show its only 5.xx percent so, the reader predicteed the cln == contender, hold this
d. this is half stated, though its important, we dont see any clue for why lbieral is less. looser
e. out of scope looser.
so only one contender: C
Re: A recent article stated that only 5.5% of American colleges   [#permalink] 13 May 2013, 23:16
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