Wealthy Donors for Platonic

GMAT Essay Topic 501 - The following appeared in a proposal from the development office at Platonic University. "Because Platonic University has had difficulty in meeting its expenses over the past three years, we need to find new ways to increase revenues. We should consider following the example of Greene University, which recently renamed itself after a donor who gave it $100 million. If Platonic University were to advertise to its alumni and other wealthy people that it will rename either individual buildings or the entire university itself after the donors who give the most money, the amount of donations would undoubtedly increase." Discuss how well reasoned . . . Etc.

Author: Jason | Date: November 13, 2017 | Score:5.5

The proposal above from the development office at Platonic University recommends that the university make advertisement to its alumni and other wealthy people in order to solve the budget deficit issue. This proposal is based on the success of Green University, which recently renamed itself after...

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