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# Covington College has four full-time Classics professors,but

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Covington College has four full-time Classics professors,but only 12 Classics majors.This three-to-one student-to-professor ratio is the lowest in the college.Since the college is facing financial difficulties, and since the tution fees from just 12 students is not sufficient to pay the salaries of 4 full-time professors, the college should cancel the classics program to reduce expenses.

Which, of the following , if true most weakens the conclusion above?

a) professors in the classics department teach popular language and literature classes that are attended by hundreds of students who are not classics majors.

b)students at covington pay on average, \$22,500 per year in tution and fees, while the average professor of humanities receives a salary of \$61,500 per year.

c)a well-regarded classics program adds prestige to a college or university.

d)the classics department has already decreased in size from 6 full-time professors 10 years ago.

e)the syudy of classics literature and languages is increasingly irrelevant to the high-tech workplace of today.

Please explain why a) is the ans as I assume hundreds of students may attend but they are not required to pay for the classics professors.The whole overhead of payment remains unaltered , then why a) is the solution.

Source:Mc-Graw-Hill's GMAT 2013 Edition
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23 May 2013, 12:39
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Please explain why a) is the ans as I assume hundreds of students may attend but they are not required to pay for the classics professors.The whole overhead of payment remains unaltered , then why a) is the solution.

Hi ruplun

Technically, students who attend classic classes have to pay tuition fee to the college. KEY WORD here are "full-time professors" and "lowest ratio 3-1". What do they mean? First, they mean salary expenses are "fixed" because full-time professors' salary is unchanged. Second, they mean the college cannot reduce the number of classic professors because the stimulus says 3-1 is the lowest ratio.

To solve the increased expenses problem, the college has two solutions: (1) Fire some classic professors; (2) Increase revenues to overcome the increase of salary expenses.

(1) Fire some classic professors. Can the college do so? NO. because the ratio 3-1 is the lowest ratio. It means the college CANNOT fire any professors.
(2) Increase revenue: Does it help to solve the problem. YES. This is the only way to solve the expenses problem.

Now, let analyze your questions.

Fist question:
As you say, "students are not required to pay for the classic professor" is half right, half wrong. The students do not pay DIRECTLY for the professors, but they pay INDIRECTLY for the professors. Because Students pay for the College. In turn, the college will use a portion of these payments to pay for professors.

The whole overhead of payment (I assume you mean professors' salary) is fixed. You're correct. But if the college cut down the classic majors, does it really help to solve the expenses problem? Nope. As I said above, the salary costs are "fixed". If the college cut down the classic majors, it will lost revenues that come from "hundred of students".

Hence, A is correct.
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23 May 2013, 21:26
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I ll be happy if my explanation helps!!!

What A presents is the fact that the professors who are recommended to remove, also take the classes in other branches of the college, which is attended by 100's of students . Hence it weakens the point that these professors are not teaching a large number of students.

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23 May 2013, 23:21
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ruplun wrote:
Please explain why a) is the ans as I assume hundreds of students may attend but they are not required to pay for the classics professors.The whole overhead of payment remains unaltered , then why a) is the solution.

Hi ruplun

Technically, students who attend classic classes have to pay tuition fee to the college. KEY WORD here are "full-time professors" and "lowest ratio 3-1". What do they mean? First, they mean salary expenses are "fixed" because full-time professors' salary is unchanged. Second, they mean the college cannot reduce the number of classic professors because the stimulus says 3-1 is the lowest ratio.

To solve the increased expenses problem, the college has two solutions: (1) Fire some classic professors; (2) Increase revenues to overcome the increase of salary expenses.

(1) Fire some classic professors. Can the college do so? NO. because the ratio 3-1 is the lowest ratio. It means the college CANNOT fire any professors.
(2) Increase revenue: Does it help to solve the problem. YES. This is the only way to solve the expenses problem.

Now, let analyze your questions.

Fist question:
As you say, "students are not required to pay for the classic professor" is half right, half wrong. The students do not pay DIRECTLY for the professors, but they pay INDIRECTLY for the professors. Because Students pay for the College. In turn, the college will use a portion of these payments to pay for professors.

The whole overhead of payment (I assume you mean professors' salary) is fixed. You're correct. But if the college cut down the classic majors, does it really help to solve the expenses problem? Nope. As I said above, the salary costs are "fixed". If the college cut down the classic majors, it will lost revenues that come from "hundred of students".

Hence, A is correct.

Hi pghai,

As you said "The students do not pay DIRECTLY for the professors, but they pay INDIRECTLY for the professors.[/color] Because Students pay for the College. In turn, the college will use a portion of these payments to pay for professors."-thats an assumption or indirect proposition as nowhere in the sentence it is mentioned that college pays the fees.

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Since the college is facing financial difficulties, and since the tution fees from just 12 students is not sufficient to pay the salaries of 4 full-time professors
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24 May 2013, 00:04
ruplun wrote:
pqhai wrote:
ruplun wrote:
Please explain why a) is the ans as I assume hundreds of students may attend but they are not required to pay for the classics professors.The whole overhead of payment remains unaltered , then why a) is the solution.

Hi ruplun

Technically, students who attend classic classes have to pay tuition fee to the college. KEY WORD here are "full-time professors" and "lowest ratio 3-1". What do they mean? First, they mean salary expenses are "fixed" because full-time professors' salary is unchanged. Second, they mean the college cannot reduce the number of classic professors because the stimulus says 3-1 is the lowest ratio.

To solve the increased expenses problem, the college has two solutions: (1) Fire some classic professors; (2) Increase revenues to overcome the increase of salary expenses.

(1) Fire some classic professors. Can the college do so? NO. because the ratio 3-1 is the lowest ratio. It means the college CANNOT fire any professors.
(2) Increase revenue: Does it help to solve the problem. YES. This is the only way to solve the expenses problem.

Now, let analyze your questions.

Fist question:
As you say, "students are not required to pay for the classic professor" is half right, half wrong. The students do not pay DIRECTLY for the professors, but they pay INDIRECTLY for the professors. Because Students pay for the College. In turn, the college will use a portion of these payments to pay for professors.

The whole overhead of payment (I assume you mean professors' salary) is fixed. You're correct. But if the college cut down the classic majors, does it really help to solve the expenses problem? Nope. As I said above, the salary costs are "fixed". If the college cut down the classic majors, it will lost revenues that come from "hundred of students".

Hence, A is correct.

Hi pghai,

As you said "The students do not pay DIRECTLY for the professors, but they pay INDIRECTLY for the professors.[/color] Because Students pay for the College. In turn, the college will use a portion of these payments to pay for professors."-thats an assumption or indirect proposition as nowhere in the sentence it is mentioned that college pays the fees.

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Since the college is facing financial difficulties, and since the tution fees from just 12 students is not sufficient to pay the salaries of 4 full-time professors

Hi ruplun
This is sub-assumption. [assumption is a hidden sentence that make the conclusion hold]. I said non-classic major students pay indirectly because if the college does not pay a portion of those student's tuition for professors, why professors have to teach. There is no such a thing like free-classes in college.

The main assumption should be the college cannot reduce the number of classic major professors because 3-1 is the lowest ratio. Therefore, the only way to solve the cost problem is to increase revenue.

Hope it helps.
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Yes pqhai...This makes senses....

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24 May 2013, 03:01
Avoid such source. it doesnt worth. Poorly question in my opinion.

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24 May 2013, 03:26
Manhattan, kaplan and Barron are okay to follow.Please correct.
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21 Apr 2014, 14:34
ruplun wrote:
Manhattan, kaplan and Barron are okay to follow.Please correct.

Guys just stick to MGMAT and Veritas if you're aiming for 700+
Aiming for 650? Go for Kaplan
Aiming for 600? Barrons will do the job nicely!

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ruplun wrote:
Covington College has four full-time Classics professors,but only 12 Classics majors.This three-to-one student-to-professor ratio is the lowest in the college.Since the college is facing financial difficulties, and since the tution fees from just 12 students is not sufficient to pay the salaries of 4 full-time professors, the college should cancel the classics program to reduce expenses.

Which, of the following , if true most weakens the conclusion above?

a) professors in the classics department teach popular language and literature classes that are attended by hundreds of students who are not classics majors.

b)students at covington pay on average, \$22,500 per year in tution and fees, while the average professor of humanities receives a salary of \$61,500 per year.

c)a well-regarded classics program adds prestige to a college or university.

d)the classics department has already decreased in size from 6 full-time professors 10 years ago.

e)the syudy of classics literature and languages is increasingly irrelevant to the high-tech workplace of today.

Please explain why a) is the ans as I assume hundreds of students may attend but they are not required to pay for the classics professors.The whole overhead of payment remains unaltered , then why a) is the solution.

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ANSWER:A This answer directly counters the argument that the Classics professors are not cost-justified to the college, because their salaries are supported not only by Classics majors, but by hundreds of nonmajors as well.
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