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Hi GMATNinja,

Could you please throw some light on my below doubt:

In option A, we are essentially taking other universities as a benchmark and comparing STU with them. But how do we know that other universities' fund raisers are also lousy?

We are just told that 80% is not a good number because the fund raisers didn't approach new investors for funding. That means out of this 80% majority is the last year donators. But, on what basis are we having a comparison in option A?

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Hi GMATNinja,

Could you please throw some light on my below doubt:

In option A, we are essentially taking other universities as a benchmark and comparing STU with them. But how do we know that other universities' fund raisers are also lousy?

We are just told that 80% is not a good number because the fund raisers didn't approach new investors for funding. That means out of this 80% majority is the last year donators. But, on what basis are we having a comparison in option A?

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(A) Smithtown University’s fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fund-raisers for other universities in their contacts with such people.

Remember, we are looking for something that strengthens the argument, which is that STU's exceptionally high donation rate does NOT indicate that they were doing a good job.

We are told that STU's 80% donation rate is exceptionally high for university fund-raisers. Thus, we can infer that the other universities generally have a lower overall donation rate. But if STU and those other universities have equal success rates when contacting new donors, this suggests that those other universities spend LESS time contacting past donors (low risk, high donation rate) and MORE time contacting new donors (low donation rate but, according to the author, a habit of a "good" fund-raiser).

Thus, choice (A) strengthens the argument that STU was not necessarily doing an "exceptional" job (according to the author's definition of a "good" fund-raiser), despite the "exceptional" donation rate.

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