Case Analysis: Merit- vs. Need-Based Scholarships

Read the Wall Street Journal article entitled “Shift to Merit Scholarships Stirs Debate,” conduct additional research on the topic by examining relevant articles, websites, and other sources, and compose a letter to Dr. James L. Applegate, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, making your recommendation on whether Illinois should adopt a merit-based approach for awarding college scholarships. expected to be three to five pages in length, double-spaced.
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MEMORANDUM
April 8, 2018
To:
Managerial Communication Students
From: Jie Wang
Re:
Case Analysis: Merit- vs. Need-Based Scholarships
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Read the Wall Street Journal article entitled “Shift to Merit Scholarships Stirs Debate,” conduct
additional research on the topic by examining relevant articles, websites, and other sources, and
compose a letter to Dr. James L. Applegate, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher
Education, making your recommendation on whether Illinois should adopt a merit-based
approach for awarding college scholarships.
This individual assignment, due on the last day of class (please submit a hard copy and e-mail
the file to me at jiewang@uic.edu), is expected to be three to five pages in length, double-spaced.
The following structure is recommended:
I.
II.
III.
A brief opening paragraph introducing the topic, letting the reader know that you
have conducted extensive research on the subject and that this report will focus on an
analysis of the issue from different perspectives and a recommendation for Illinois
universities.
ISSUE (Level 1 heading). In this section, summarize Georgia’s merit-based
scholarship program introduced in 1993, the influence it has had on other states in
terms of adoption or policy changes, and the controversy it generated.
ANALYSIS (Level 1 heading). This section should contain a number of subheadings
and occupy the majority of the space of your report. You should look at the issue of
offering merit-based scholarships from a wide range of perspectives, including but
not limited to those of the Georgia legislature, the universities, the students’ parents,
and certainly the students.
a. Georgia Legislature’s Perspective (Level 2 heading). In this subsection, analyze
the intent of the state legislature in creating the HOPE (Helping Outstanding
Pupils Educationally) scholarship program. What was the primary method of
scholarship distribution prior to HOPE’s enactment in 1993? Why did Georgia
change its scholarship program so drastically? What was the state legislature’s
intent in charting a new course? Who was Georgia’s governor at the time and
what was the governor’s background? (Refer to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
article posted on Blackboard.)
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April 8, 2018
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b. Parents’ Perspectives (Level 2 heading). How did the students’ parents react to
the change? Certainly parents’ reactions would differ based on their families’
financial circumstances and their children’s academic standing. Is it reasonable to
expect parents to ask the question, “What’s in it for me?” What do you think of
the idea of an income cap (i.e., if a family’s annual income exceeds a certain level,
then the student will lose eligibility for aid)?
c. Universities’ Perspectives (Level 2 heading). A university’s response to the
change would likely depend on how its main clientele would be affected by the
new program. What kind of universities would likely support the change (or
conversely, oppose it)? Did the Zell Miller Scholarships lead to better learning
outcomes or higher graduation rates at Georgia’s public universities? In a related
case in New Jersey (see the Chronicle of Higher Education article on Blackboard),
Seton Hall University in 2011 instituted a merit-based tuition cut for highachieving students, who would be eligible to pay essentially the same rate
(~$10,000/year, compared to Seton Hall’s full annual tuition rate of $31,400) as
those attending the state’s largest public university—Rutgers. Analyze the
rationale behind Seton Hall’s move.
d. Students’ Perspectives (Level 2 heading). The WSJ article cited two specific cases,
Amy Thornburg and Sarah Nesbit, who represent the opposite ends of the
spectrum. Do you find Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder’s
argument “Our society is built on meritocracy. What is true in real life in the job
market should be true in education” convincing? What about Duke University
economics professor Charles Clotfelter’s contention that the HOPE scholarship
program is a “stunning” example of redistribution? (Recall the charge of “wealth
redistribution” during President Obama’s elections.)
RECOMMENDATION (Level 1 heading). State your recommended course of
action on offering merit scholarships as well as the main points supporting your
argument.
CONCLUSION (Level 1 heading). In this section, state your conclusion clearly and
concisely and include implications that your recommended course of action is
expected to have on the future of college scholarship distribution.
WORKS CITED (Level 1 heading). Please put the list of references using the APA
documentation format on a separate sheet after the letter.
As you work on your case report, keep in mind your primary focus is not recounting the various
events but rather analyzing what led to the drastic change in scholarship distribution policy, its
implications for all parties involved, and your conclusion on what the right course of action
should be for Illinois.
Good luck on the project! Please feel free to contact me at jiewang@uic.edu if you have any
questions.

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