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# The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher

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The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.

To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of the following characteristics?

(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college

(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college

(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions

(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college

(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school
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29 May 2008, 04:14
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"The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades"

Is this equivalent to "proportions of women enrolling in college" I didnt think it was, so when its referring to Higher education programs, I am thinking its after college ?
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28 May 2008, 19:33
D for me. argument hinges on the fact that the PROPORTION increased. in order to verify or refute this, we must have some indication of the number of men who were attending college
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28 May 2008, 19:34
D

You need to know the number of men in order to calculate the proportion of women.

goalsnr wrote:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.

To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of the following characteristics?

(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college

(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college

(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions

(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college

(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school
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28 May 2008, 21:55
Its gotta be D
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29 May 2008, 04:11
Prop. of women among students enrolled in HEP increased.
1959: 11% of women 20-21 enrolled in college.
1981: 30% of women 20-21 enrolled in college.
We need to know how many of these women graduated college to enroll in HEP, to evaluate the argument.

goalsnr wrote:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.

To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of the following characteristics?

(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college

(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college

(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions

(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college

(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school
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29 May 2008, 04:55
goalsnr wrote:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1959, only 11 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college, while in 1981, 30 percent of the women between twenty and twenty-one were enrolled in college.

To evaluate the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1959 and 1981 with regard to which of the following characteristics?

(A) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-one who were not enrolled in college

(B) The percentage of women between twenty and twenty-five who graduated from college

(C) The percentage of women who, after attending college, entered highly paid professions

(D) The percentage of men between twenty and twenty-one who were enrolled in college

(E) The percentage of men who graduated from high school

D for me too. In order to show that proportion of women increased, here we need to know the proportion of men enrolled in college.
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31 May 2008, 08:31
Conclusion:
The proportion of women among students enrolled in higher education programs has increased over the past decades.

-> Num of women enrolled/num of students has increased?

students = women+men

Therfore we need to know the % of men enrolled to come to the conclusion.

OA is D
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