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December 11, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. diverse / ˈdaɪ vɜrs / (adj.) – having different kinds
Example: The university gives scholarships to foreigners to keep the student population diverse.

2. dilemma / dɪˈlɛm ə / (n.) – a situation where one has difficulty choosing between two or more options
Example: His dilemma is if he should go to graduate school or start his own business.

3. donate / ˈdoʊ neɪt / (v.) – to give something for free for a good cause
Example: The woman donated books to the school library.

4. opportunity /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti / (n.) – a favorable time for someone to do something
Example: Jane grabbed the opportunity to start her own business.

5. boost / bust / (v.) – to add to the amount or value
Example: The university plans to boost its enrollment by lowering its tuition.


Read the text below.
Arizona State University (ASU) will soon offer full scholarships for those who are interested in getting an MBA.

The university’s W.P. Carey School of Business will offer this to students who will be enrolling in its two-year full-time MBA program at the beginning of fall 2016. While other business schools are becoming more expensive and shortening their programs to one year, ASU hopes that their initiative will result in a more diverse student population in their business school.

While the recent trend for graduates is to go into technology or manufacturing, ASU is hoping to encourage more students to pursue entrepreneurship or to set up nonprofit organizations. Amy Hillman, the dean of W.P. Carey says that the university wants to save entrepreneurs from the dilemma of whether they should spend their money on business school or invest on a startup.

A well-known real estate entrepreneur named William Carey donated $50 million to ASU in 2003. The money was supposed to be used for faculty recruitment, but the school administration decided to use it for scholarships.

While ASU hopes to diversify its business school student population, a similar scholarship opportunity provided by another university hopes to boost gender diversity in their business school by providing scholarships specifically for women. Last March, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business announced that they aim to increase enrollment of women in their college from 32% to 50% by 2020.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         What are the possible problems that the W.P. Carey School of Business might encounter with its scholarship program? Why?
·         Why do you think the university wants more students to get into its business school?

Discussion B

·         Would W.P. Carey’s scholarship program work in your country? Why do you think so?
·         What other things should graduate schools offer to encourage more students to enroll?

December 11, 2015