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Many institutions of higher education suffer declining [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 08:09
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Many institutions of higher education suffer declining enrollments during periods of economic slowdown. At two-year community colleges, however, enrollment figures boom during these periods when many people have less money and there is more competition for jobs.

Each of the following, if true, helps to explain the enrollment increases in two-year community colleges described above EXCEPT:

A. During periods of economic slowdown, two-year community colleges are more likely than four-year colleges to prepare their students for the jobs that are still available.

B. During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their studies at four-year colleges.

C. Tuition at most two-year community colleges is a fraction of that at four-year colleges.

D. Two-year community colleges devote more resources than do other colleges to attracting those students especially affected by economic slowdowns.

E. Students at two-year community colleges, but not those at most four-year colleges, can control the cost of their studies by choosing the number of courses they take each term.


B is wrong but my question is:

If two-year community colleges are cheaper than four-year colleges AND it is possible to continue to higher education after two-year, doesn't it make sense that many of the people who would otherwise go to higher education directly, in times of economic slowdown, decides to go to community colleges first and then continue their studies once economic prosperity is back?
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Re: Education institutions during periods of economic slowdown [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 09:43
I think I understand what your saying, but your combining two statements to infer something further. Each statement should be examined individually and not used in combination with another. Further, B only says that in times of economic prosperity that individuals often continue to four year colleges, it does not claim that in slowdowns that they do not often continue.
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Re: Education institutions during periods of economic slowdown [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 13:18
You can also use process of elimination to eliminate a, c, d and e. B is wrong in its own right because whether students at 2 year colleges continue their studies after graduation is irrelevant to the argument of ECONOMY BAD => MORE ENROLLMENT AT 2 YEAR COLLEGES. These students can enroll at 2 year colleges regardless of how the economy is.
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At two-year community colleges, however, enrollment figures boom during these periods when many people have less money

This seems to state that two-years colleges are cheaper and it is easier to invest in two-years college.

Now:

"B. During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their studies at four-year colleges."

To me this explains the enrollment in two-year colleges in the following way: people that would naturally wanted to go to four-year colleges, in times of economic slowdown, decides to reroute through two-year colleges since it's the chaper way.

I'm not sure I'm explaining myself properly :/
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Re: Education institutions during periods of economic slowdown [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 15:38
At two-year community colleges, however, enrollment figures boom during these periods when many people have less money

This doesn't actually state that two year college is cheaper, it is just stating the economic situation.

However even if we consider the situation where it is stating two year college is cheaper, (B) states:
During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their studies at four-year colleges."

It does not say that in economic downturn they are any less likely to continue their studies at four year colleges.

They could be just as likely to continue their studies in both boom and bust.
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Re: Education institutions during periods of economic slowdown [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 05:01
+1 for B. Agree with some of the explanations provided.

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