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# On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population,

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On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population, many colleges now anticipate increasingly smaller freshman classes each year. Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshmen.

Which of the following statements about Nice College's current qualified applicants, if true, would strongly suggest that the administrators' plan is flawed?

(A) A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college.
(B) According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is unusually high.
(C) According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country.
(D) A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying.
(E) A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major.

Originally posted by mahesh004 on 19 Nov 2005, 10:10.
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19 Nov 2005, 21:06
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mahesh004 wrote:
On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population, many colleges now anticipate increasingly smaller freshman classes each year. Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshmen.
Which of the following statements about Nice Collegeâ€™s current qualified applicants, if true, would strongly suggest that the administratorsâ€™ plan is flawed?
(A) A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college.
(B) According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is unusually high.
(C) According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country.
(D) A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying.
(E) A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major.

D. The adminstrator's plan is flawed because it assumes all of the applicants will choose to come to Nice College.
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20 Nov 2005, 09:46
D suggests that many applicants do not think nice college as first choice.
Less students are likely to come finally to nice college.
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21 Nov 2005, 09:50
D is the best.

If D is true, students who choose to attend the college will not increase.
--> HIring more faculty members it not neccesary
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21 Nov 2005, 10:48
D is my choice also. If not many students select or come to Nice then the hiring plan is flawed
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12 Mar 2012, 04:38
agarwalva wrote:
I dont get Why not A...

A says 'higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college'. Nice college plan is not flawed if all the additional eligible folks choose to join Nice college. But we are not given anything so we cannot establish a conclusion whether college reasoning is flawed or not.

Answer choice D attacks the Nice's reasoning as it claims that these additional folks prefer Nice college as just an alternative.

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22 Mar 2012, 14:42
Vote for D

if lower % have Nice college as first choice. It will weaken the plan "of administrators at Nice College to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshmen"
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23 Oct 2016, 03:54
On the basis of a decrease in the college-age population, many colleges now anticipate increasingly smaller freshman classes each year. Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculties for courses taken by all freshmen.

Which of the following statements about Nice College’s current qualified applicants, if true, would strongly suggest that the administrators’ plan is flawed?

a. A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college.
b. According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is unusually high.
c. According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country.
d. A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying
e. A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major.

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01 Aug 2017, 07:14
Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshmen.
but this line is showing that there is 40 percent increase in qualified applicants in nice college so this time also it should be the same. so why d?
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01 Aug 2017, 07:15
it is showing that there was 40 percent increase in the nice college qualified applicants last year, so how d can be right?
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01 Aug 2017, 17:51
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Surprised by a 40 percent increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however, administrators at Nice College now plan to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshmen.
but this line is showing that there is 40 percent increase in qualified applicants in nice college so this time also it should be the same. so why d?

n22 wrote:
it is showing that there was 40 percent increase in the nice college qualified applicants last year, so how d can be right?

A 40 percent increase in applicants does not necessarily mean a 40 percent increase in enrollment.

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(D) A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice College as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying.

Thus, maybe more people will apply, but if those applicants get into other schools and would prefer to go to those schools over Nice College, then those applicants will not actually enroll at Nice College. Perhaps, for example, more applicants are simply applying to Nice College as a "safety" school and, if they are accepted, would prefer to go to other schools. Thus, the increase in faculty could be a waste.

Can anybody verify the source of this question?
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20 Sep 2017, 22:48
Answer is D because if less students join Nice, then their plan to increase the faculty will backfire
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