Opinion Article: Federal/State support for higher education


For this assignment, you must write an opinion article (~600 words) about a contemporary political/policy issue. You MUST pick an issue where you can have an opinion. Your task is to write an opinion article in which you try to convince a reader of your position. In your article you must:

Take a position on (make an argument for) a position regarding a social, political, educational, or cultural issue. Op-eds are not reporting or reviews of facts. Please consult the resources I’ve posted on Blackboard and read a few newspaper op-ed sections for examples and more background.
Address why your idea hasn’t already been enacted.

If it’s a good idea (which is your argument), then why hasn’t it already been done?
Cite at least one academic article/research in your OpEd. You will need to describe the article and what it tell us, but the description of the results of the article will be brief
Cite at least one non-academic article (i.e. newspaper, magazine, etc.) that provided you with information for the article.
Helpful(?) Hints

Think of a topic based on what interests you.
Make sure you have a thesis: “In this essay I argue that [insert your opinion/argument].”
Ground your opinion in social science, i.e., back your opinion up with evidence!
Grading criteria (30 points total)

Does the topic address politics/policy? (3 pts)

Did you express your opinion? (6 pts)

How well did you justify your opinion? The following two components will contribute to this part of the grade. (15 pts)
Logical consistency of the argument

Empirical support for the conclusions/claims

You need to address why your proposed idea hasn’t already been implemented.

Writing style, grammar, and conventions (6 pts)

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