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Top college graduates are having more difficulty [#permalink]
02 Jun 2006, 11:06
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Top college graduates are having more difficulty demonstrating their superiority to prospective employers than did the top students of twenty years ago when an honors degree was distinction enough. Todayâ€™s employers are less impressed with the honors degree. Twenty years ago no more than 10 percent of a given class graduated with honors. Today, however, because of grade inflation, the honors degree goes to more than 50 percent of a graduating class. Therefore, to restore confidence in the degrees they award, colleges must take steps to control grade inflation.
Which one of the following is an assumption that, if true, would support the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Todayâ€™s students are not higher achievers than the students of twenty years ago.
(B) Awarding too many honors degrees causes colleges to inflate grades.
(C) Todayâ€™s employers rely on honors ranking in making their hiring decisions.
(D) It is not easy for students with low grades to obtain jobs.
(E) Colleges must make employers aware of the criteria used to determine who receives an honors degree.
I will go with A.
The honors was enough for employesrs 10 years ago but it is not enough now. Also only 10% of students would use to make it to the honors but due to grade inflation now 50% of the students do. If we assume that students now are no brighter than students 10 years ago then the reason(grade inflation) that large number of students are passing with honors today is validated.
I think .. B should be the ans ...
The conclusion is : "colleges must take steps to control grade inflation".
Now this conclusion is based on the fact: "Collegest are awarding greater number of degrees today than 20 yrs ago"..
The link between these two statements should be : "The colleges are awarding too many degrees today, resulting in grade inflation".