Friday, March 27, 2009

Sitting on top of the rollercoaster

My research paper draft is coming together really great. I am pleased with what I have written thus far, and hope that I am able to finish strong. I have a few odds and ends in the body to complete, as well as write a dominant conclusion.
I have 6 pages complete of my draft, as I thought we were to have a minimum of five pages prepared this week for workshops. I was pretty excited to see that I am ahead of the game for once (it’s nice to be on this side). The feedback I have received thus far is very positive, and people looking forward to what else I come up with. In the outline workshop, somebody mentioned that I should compare what other countries do to help students with tuition. This would be a good thing to add into my body if I would fall short of the length requirements. However, with as much research is available about my specific topic, I do not think that I will have a hard time hitting the ten page mark.
I have been pretty successful at finding great quotes within my research to help add to what I am trying to say. Many of the things I highlighted in my initial reading of all of my sources have been extremely helpful with supporting my thoughts. The only thing I need to find out for sure is the right way to indent multiple sentences from one source in the same quote.
I have a few minor things to complete in the body section of my paper, as well as a come up with a great conclusion. I plan to complete these next week. The way to do this requires me to find the time to write the remaining parts of the draft.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's all coming together

My official, narrowed down research topic are the reasons for college tuition increases. I discuss ways from payroll to campus extravagance as reasons for tuition increases.

My intended audience is college students. I am also including their parents because they have to provide their financial information for the FAFSA form. Parents must provide their information on the FAFSA to help their child get financial aid, even if they do not support their child financially, until their child turns 24. I think this is my biggest frustration. I can prove that my parents do not support me financially, nor do they provide a place for me to live, but I still have to use their salaries to determine financial aid status.

I. Introduction:
A. College tuition increases every year.
B. With money available to students, there are ways to help them pay for their future.
C. Prices are in constant flux.
Necessity and tradition dictate the norms that dominate higher education; higher fees indicate business as usual, which isn’t about to change.

A. College tuition is a monopoly.
B. Are hikes acceptable?
C. Looking at increasing tuition bills scare many-what causes tuition to increase?
a. Payroll
b. Campus Extras
c. Pastimes
D. Who is impacted by increasing tuition
E. Scholarships
F. Extraordinary people without degrees
G. How some colleges used to determine “financial aid”

Tuition is based on standards of convenience and preference.

My outline is working pretty well for me this far, as I am almost half way through my paper. It took me a while to come up with an outline, but once it was completed, I was able to breeze through a rough draft of my paper. So far, I am extremely satisfied with the beginning draft. For once, I am actually anticipating group workshop next week, rather than completely dreading it.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Research Paper-Organization...

This week was an inadvertent down week. I got vertigo and have been miserable and dizzy everyday and haven’t gotten much accomplished. I did, however, find the prompt for last week’s blog J and this week’s, so this blog is a combination of this week’s prompt and last week’s prompt as well.
The audience I am going to try to aim at is college students, and their parents. I am targeting them because my paper is about college tuition, which affects college students, and the parents of college students that have to provide their financial information for the FAFSA. Thinking outside of the box, I want college students to stick up for themselves and quit letting colleges increase prices for no reason other than because they can. This, I know is wishful thinking, but I often feel that colleges are raising prices because they are irresponsible with budgets. I also feel that them being able to raise tuition because government funding is increasing is a pile of crap. Schools shouldn’t worry about where their money is coming from, they should be happy as long as they are getting it.
An organizational pattern I am aiming for is keeping the reasons for tuition increases in logical order. Or, perhaps, I will discuss the most obvious reasons first, and the less obvious at the rear.
I think it makes sense to start with the most obvious, because readers would already be thinking about it anyway. I feel that I can very quickly get these out of the way, and elaborate and investigate other reasons easier.
After I discuss these to my heart’s content, I plan on discussing the many options to avoid tuition increases every year. There are many pieces of research I have found, that offer many interesting ideas. Some colleges even will lock in tuition for incoming freshman for the first four or five years they plan to attend that college.