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Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.
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17 Feb 2014, 08:47
I am stuck up between A and C. I don't see any solid grounds to eliminate C. Can anyone please help?
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17 Feb 2014, 09:51
I chose C, but cant understand why it is wrong and how A is correct?
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If this is an inference question, I believe C is better choice than A. A seems a good choice if it were an assumption question.
We cannot infer A because the stem talks about distance learning being lucrative as well. Lucrative is profitable. What if 100000 people enroll to DL course and thus making it profitable than 5000 people enrolling in a class room based course?

Where as if C is not true, then the statement would not mention that the money spent on these can be diverted. experts, thoughts please...
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Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Distance Learning ===== > Lucrative option for Institutions.

Expenditure spent on Location specific facilities can be diverted into - 1. Marketing 2. Quality Control.

Result - Reduced cost ===== > Driving More Business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

True.

B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.

We don't know about if it is at all convenient for the students ( Doubt Clearing might be an issue ) , but it is certainly cost saver for the Institution.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.

Explicitly been stated in the Passage - Nothing to Infer.

D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.

Out of scope and Irrelevant , we don't have sufficient Information to state the same.

E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

Out of scope.

Hence Undoubtedly my answer is (A)..
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18 Feb 2014, 10:48
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If this is an inference question, I believe C is better choice than A. A seems a good choice if it were an assumption question.
We cannot infer A because the stem talks about distance learning being lucrative as well. Lucrative is profitable. What if 100000 people enroll to DL course and thus making it profitable than 5000 people enrolling in a class room based course?

Where as if C is not true, then the statement would not mention that the money spent on these can be diverted. experts, thoughts please...

WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NOT AN ASSUMPTION QUESTION BUT AN INFERENCE QUESTION........

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.CORRECT.... THE FIRST SENTENCE SAYS SO.." Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions."..
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations...." IRRELEVANT... CONVENIENCE NOT BEING DISCUSSED"
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.... IT IS AN ASSUMPTION.......NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED.....
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.....AGAIN ASSUMPTION.....
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world..... AGAIN AN ASSUMPTION......

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aalriy wrote:
Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

The only reason I didn't pick C is that the stimulus says "distance learners do not have to PAY for climate control or parking facilities" but never says, "distance learners do not NEED climate control or parking facilities." They might need them if they have to, for example, go to public library to take online courses.

So, it takes an assumption to pick C, meaning it is not inference.
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02 Mar 2014, 06:21
Money that would OTHERWISE BE SPENT on parking etc. would be spent on other things.
C is wrong because the above statement says distance learning instt. And NOT DISTANCE LEARNING don't require parking etc.
On the other hand,A can be inferred because the first sentence says its lucrative and then supports it with the following sentence.

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31 Mar 2014, 20:59
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aalriy wrote:
Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Distance Learning ===== > Lucrative option for Institutions.

Expenditure spent on Location specific facilities can be diverted into - 1. Marketing 2. Quality Control.

Result - Reduced cost ===== > Driving More Business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

True.

B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.

We don't know about if it is at all convenient for the students ( Doubt Clearing might be an issue ) , but it is certainly cost saver for the Institution.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.

Explicitly been stated in the Passage - Nothing to Infer.

D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.

Out of scope and Irrelevant , we don't have sufficient Information to state the same.

E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

Out of scope.

Hence Undoubtedly my answer is (A)..

phrase those of other instruction methods in option A is comparing distance education with all other forms of instruction methods. I agree that there may be only 2 forms of instruction methods in real world but it has not been stated in the stimulus. For me option A is out of scope. +1 for C
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A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

How can you infer the difference between costs of other instruction methods and distance learning... clearly this is an assumption on which conclusion relies... Argument is not stating that distance learning is a lucrative option because it costs less. Premise is just talking about redirection of expenses in other verticals .. conclusion distance learning is lucrative... Thus option A is an assumption that bridges this gap.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities... << Right choice baby..
This is what we can infer from argument.. as institutes will invest money in marketing and quality control rather than in parking etc etc...

As per power score definition : inference is what follows from an argument, whereas assumption is taken for granted before making argument... inference is made after the argument is complete and follows from argument.
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04 Apr 2014, 18:02
So C is for inference and A for Assumption?
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Assume i start an institution where a course costs ME $100. Now when i was running it in brick and mortar i was able to get only 20 students. Now when i went online, the servers, mktg and quality control still add up to$100; but i have 100 students enrolled this time around.

So for me going online is certainly a more LUCRATIVE option.

But what caused this increase ? Isn't it the Convenience of the model that has caused the jump in the enrollments. ?

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Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors

Why author is saying money can be diverted to other two factors from parking and climate control...?
bcz distance learning doesn't need these factors...

In option A, other instruction methods(plural) is too vague.. argument do not provide information to compare distance learning with method A, B, C, D, or Z... what if cost associated with method B is much lower than Distance learning?
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21 Jun 2014, 18:39
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Assume i start an institution where a course costs ME $100. Now when i was running it in brick and mortar i was able to get only 20 students. Now when i went online, the servers, mktg and quality control still add up to$100; but i have 100 students enrolled this time around.

So for me going online is certainly a more LUCRATIVE option.

But what caused this increase ? Isn't it the Convenience of the model that has caused the jump in the enrollments. ?

I totally second you. I chose B for the same reason. cost cannot be governed with this premise. same cost but more students is LUCRATIVE. I would've gone for A if the premise said going online is more COST EFFECTIVE, or more PROFITABLE or something which is monetary. LUCRATIVE is very very open ended:
IT could mean:
1. More students == more lucrative (same cost of offering)
2. More productivity by flexible timings == more lucrative (same cost of offering)

can't think more off the top of my head. but yeah you get it, right?

Same cost but more revenue == LUCRATIVE.
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Distance learning offers a potentially lucrative option for learning institutions. Money that would otherwise be spent on classroom space, parking facilities, climate control, and other particulars associated with providing a location-specific service can be diverted to marketing and quality control two crucial factors that can drive new business.

Which of the following can be correctly inferred from the statements above?

A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.
B. Online classes are more convenient for both instructors and students than are classes held at specific geographic locations.
C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities.
D. Most types of instruction can be effectively conducted in an online setting.
E. Computers and internet access are uniformly available to people in the developed world.

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A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

How can you infer the difference between costs of other instruction methods and distance learning... clearly this is an assumption on which conclusion relies... Argument is not stating that distance learning is a lucrative option because it costs less. Premise is just talking about redirection of expenses in other verticals .. conclusion distance learning is lucrative... Thus option A is an assumption that bridges this gap.

C. Distance learning does not required climate control or parking facilities... << Right choice baby..
This is what we can infer from argument.. as institutes will invest money in marketing and quality control rather than in parking etc etc...

As per power score definition : inference is what follows from an argument, whereas assumption is taken for granted before making argument... inference is made after the argument is complete and follows from argument.

Totally agree with you . But as to how I disregarded A was different.
The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods
I felt that cost would be more or less the same. Granted that they wouldn't have to spend much or any money on parking space, climate control etc, but the money they'd not spend would have to be spent on marketing and quality control. This tell me that the cost will be the same. Thus I immediately discredited the answer choice. Is this reasoning right?
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A. The costs associated with offering distance learning are lower than those of other instruction methods.

i don't feel option A is correct.Costs totally depends on how much they are spending.One can spend as much as they want(on quality control ) and that will lead to increase in the costs associated with distance learning.Otherwise we will have to assume they will not spend as much as the regular course.
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