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While political discourse and the media in the United States have focused on the rise of job outsourcing, few have mentioned the sharp fall of talent “insourcing,” or the drop in enrollment of foreign-born graduate students since 2001, and its dire results. The decrease in such insourcing will hurt America’s competitiveness in basic research and applied technology, with serious consequences for years to come. The de-internationalization of graduate programs across the country will also negatively affect the global outlook and experience of the American students remaining in those programs; they will not have the opportunity to learn about foreign cultures directly from members of those cultures. What distinguishes the decline of talent insourcing from the rise of job outsourcing is that the former can be easily rectified by a policy change of the United States government.

The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the author’s claim regarding the impact of decreased insourcing in America?


A. What is the cost to reverse the trend of insourcing in America?

B. How does insourcing replace domestic jobs lost from outsourcing?

C. Since 2001, what has been the decrease in the number of foreign-born students in America?

D. What opportunities do American graduate students have to interact regularly with foreigners who are not students?

E. What effect would a government policy have on the number of foreign graduate students?


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Re: mgmat Cr [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 10:08
The most important thing in this argument is finding the conclusion.

The conclusion of this argument = The de-internationalization of graduate programs across the counctry will also negatively affect the global outlook and experience of the American students remaining in those programs

Choice D clearly shows whether the American students can learn the culture and perspective from foreigners who come to US in other roles beside students such as traveler, businessmen, etc will impact American students in other ways.
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Re: mgmat Cr [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2012, 10:12
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What a great problem. For all our international friends on these forums, come to America to study!

Okay, so the problem...

One thing we should be very careful of on CR is accurately interpreting the question. Make sure you don't rush through the question! Here it is:

"The answer to which of the following questions would be most useful in evaluating the author’s claim regarding the impact of decreased insourcing in America?"

One possible mistake I see is mistaking this question as asking about the author's claim regarding government policy changes on insourcing, in which case the answer would be E.

Instead, the author's claim about the impact of decreased insourcing is the concern here. He basically makes two claims to that effect:

- The decrease in such insourcing will hurt America’s competitiveness in basic research and applied technology.
- The de-internationalization of graduate programs across the country will also negatively affect the global outlook and experience of the American students remaining in those programs; they will not have the opportunity to learn about foreign cultures directly from members of those cultures.

So let's see how well each of these options will help us to evaluate either of those claims.

A. What is the cost to reverse the trend of insourcing in America? - Doesn't address impact of decline in insourcing.

B. How does insourcing replace domestic jobs lost from outsourcing? - Let's come back to this later if necessary.

C. Since 2001, what has been the decrease in the number of foreign-born students in America? Doesn't address impact of decline in insourcing. (Instead, this addresses the source of the problem.)

D. What opportunities do American graduate students have to interact regularly with foreigners who are not students? Yes! The author makes a very explicit claim that as a result of decreased international enrollment, American students "will not have the opportunity to learn about foreign cultures directly from members of those cultures." The answer to the question in choice D will either confirm or deny that claim.

E. What effect would a government policy have on the number of foreign graduate students? Doesn't address impact of decline in insourcing.

Clearly D is the way to go.

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Re: mgmat Cr [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 02:45
D it is ... nice question.. thanks
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Re: While political discourse and the media in the United States [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2012, 02:33
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Guys I do have a doubt regarding C.
If my answer to C is that there is a decline of 50,000 foreign born graduates in American colleges, then it strengthens the argument but if my answer to the question is just 10, i.e there is a decline of 10 foreign born graduates, then there may not be any effect on American students learning.
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Re: While political discourse and the media in the United States [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2012, 02:43
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Guys I do have a doubt regarding C.
If my answer to C is that there is a decline of 50,000 foreign born graduates in American colleges, then it strengthens the argument but if my answer to the question is just 10, i.e there is a decline of 10 foreign born graduates, then there may not be any effect on American students learning.
Please let me know if I am missing something.

Yes, a portion of question :-D
Question says: " sharp fall of talent “insourcing,” or the drop in enrollment of foreign-born graduate students since 2001, and its dire results."
So there is a sharp fall in number of international students, and this is taken for granted while evaluating answer choices. C doesnt remain a candidate with this.

as shown by others, D it is.
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