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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% increase in qualified applicants over the previous year, however administrators at Nice college now plan to hire more faculty for courses taken by all freshman.

which of the following 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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21 Sep 2006, 19:37
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confusing argument( probably needs some SC first ), but i choose D by POE.
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21 Sep 2006, 19:43
D w/ the same reason.
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21 Sep 2006, 22:39
Conclusion: administrators plan to hire more faculty.
Premise: 40% increase in qualified applicants
Assumption: Most people who apply to NICE end up joining. So they need more teachers.

a. A substantially higher percentage than usual plan to study for advanced degrees after graduation from college. - Irrelevant.

b. According to their applications, their level of participation in extracurricular activities and varsity sports is unusually high - Out of scope

c. According to their applications, none of them lives in a foreign country - foreign country?? OUT

d. A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice college as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying. - YES. This states that most applicants probably will not join. Thus, NICE does not need more teachers

e. A substantially lower percentage than usual list mathematics as their intended major. - Irrelevant[/i]
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22 Sep 2006, 01:21
Going with D.
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22 Sep 2006, 02:26
Think it is C)
If the college-age population in the country is decreasing and all the applicants in Nice college are from the country then the reasoning of the administrators is flawed. If there were applicants from abroad, then it would make sense to anticipate an increase.
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22 Sep 2006, 06:48
One more for D
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22 Sep 2006, 08:07
Another D

Option D clearly points out the flaw that even though there is a 40% increase in application it does not translate into a 40% increase in admissions. Since the number of (substantially large)applicants do not rate NICE college as their first choice many of them may not end up joining.
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22 Sep 2006, 08:11
d. A substantially lower percentage than usual rate Nice college as their first choice among the colleges to which they are applying.
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22 Sep 2006, 08:45
OA is D
22 Sep 2006, 08:45
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