I could use some help getting started, Professor. I have a few ideas, but I don’t know how to get started. I feel as though the cost of tuition is the key evidence on why enrollment is dropping. Another idea was that many schools are stressed about the school looking good, which makes them go towards raising tuition to pay off the fees. The sources I have back up my assumptions, but I feel as though I need more. If you could give me some background information on being a staff and how everything works will be great. This doesn’t have anything to do with the causal argument, but when we had a conference I forgot the hypothesis we came up with. This would help my understanding even more and help me level up my White Paper. My hypothesis went was “Lowering tuition for undergrads will benefit parents and students. Which will increase the numbers of incoming students and help relieve financial stress,” before our conference.

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  1. davidbdale says:

    Let’s get started, NoUserName.

    I feel as though the cost of tuition is the key evidence on why enrollment is dropping.

    It’s good to start your Causal Argument with a strong Causal Claim. Be sure to phrase it as a statement of Cause and Effect.

    The prohibitively High Cost of attending college is CAUSING enrollment to drop.

    Or something along those lines. If you can’t phrase it as Cause and Effect, you’re on the wrong track.

    While we’re on THIS track, you might find evidence to support your argument if two things are happening simultaneously; for example, if enrollment is declining at THE MORE EXPENSIVE schools, while at the same time enrollment numbers are up at community colleges, commuter schools, or other more affordable options. (If that’s the case, the CAUSE might be the OVERALL EXPENSE of a residential college, not necessarily the TUITION.)

    Still on the same track, you might find that enrollment is down at community colleges too as tuitions rise there. If that’s true, you could have better evidence to claim it’s the HIGH TUITION that is suppressing enrollment.

    Regarding your argument about “looking good,” are you claiming that the strategy to improve their status and appeal has backfired for schools that used tuition hikes to finance improvements to their campuses? That would be a sophisticated Causal Argument if you can back it up. While you’re considering that consequence of MORE BUILDING, take a look at VIRTUAL COLLEGES that completely eliminate campuses, don’t have dorms and football stadiums, don’t even have classrooms. Are they benefiting from the savings and passing along SUPER LOW tuition to their students, or are they just charging as much as they can charge and pocketing the difference?

    Now that we’ve conferenced twice, and you assured me you would remember your Hypothesis after the second time, would you mind telling me exactly what it is in 50 words or less?

    One more consideration you’ll need to address to make your argument clear: HOW does high tuition suppress enrollment? Do OUT-OF-POCKET expenses prevent students from enrolling. Or is it THEIR INABILITY TO FIND loans, scholarships, and grants to reduce those expenses to blame? Or is it TAKING ON ALL THAT DEBT that prohibits high school graduates from taking the risk on four years of tuition borrowing?

    Does this help clarify your questions at least, NUNF?


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