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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?

Originally posted by LGOdream on 13 Aug 2011, 09:09.
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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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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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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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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.
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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.


We need pick to the option, which does not show a boom in enrollment at two year community colleges -

A) shows there will be an increase in enrollments.
B) talk about economic prosperity - doesn't really show why enrollments at 2 year colleges increase
C) another reason to show an increase in two year colleges
D) another +1 for increase
E) reason for increase

Therefore, option B is the only choice that answers our question.
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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.
this one supports the conclusion. people go to CC because the competition is tough, and CC prepare students for the jobs that are available, so A is out.

B. During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their studies at four-year colleges.
kind of irrelevant, let's see what's next.

C. Tuition at most two-year community colleges is a fraction of that at four-year colleges.
if it's cheaper, then people would rather prefer CC to 4yC.

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

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.
if students can control their costs, then they would prefer CC in time of EC, so supports the conclusion.

looks like B is the correct answer.
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(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.
]Justifies why 2 year program is better .
(B) During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their studies at four-year colleges.
No connection with conclusion

(C) Tuition at most two-year community colleges is a fraction of that at four-year colleges.]Justifies why 2 year program is better .
(D) Two-year community colleges devote more resources than do other colleges to attracting those students especially affected by economic slowdowns.]Justifies why 2 year program is better .
(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.]Justifies why 2 year program is better .

Option B seems correct as we find to find the answer that will strenghten the conclusion , simple case of accept question


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LGOdream wrote:
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:


No conclusion.
Type: resolve the paradox

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. Provides one cause for the situation

B. During periods of economic prosperity, graduates of two-year community colleges often continue their studies at four-year colleges.Correct: Doesn't resolve the paradox. We are concerned about what happened during economic slowdown

C. Tuition at most two-year community colleges is a fraction of that at four-year colleges.Provides one cause for the situation

D. Two-year community colleges devote more resources than do other colleges to attracting those students especially affected by economic slowdowns.Provides one cause for the situation

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.Provides one cause for the situation
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LGOdream wrote:
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?


The Q asks what does NOT explain the rise in enrollments in 2-year college during the economic slowdown:

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

      If Economic Prosperity ---------> graduates MOVE from 2-year to 4-year.
      Assuming that :
        If NO Economic Prosperity ---------> graduates MOVE from 4-year to 2-year: Reverse- It's NOT necessarily conclusive.

      This inference is an error of mistaken-negation of the conditional statement.
        If X ------> Y
          ----- does NOT imply ----->
            If NOT X ------> NOT Y
      According to B, we have information ONLY about what happens when there is economic prosperity.
      We have NO clue what the graduates do DURING the economic slowdown:

      They CAN enroll either
        from 2-year to 4-year
          OR
        from 4-year to 2-year.

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