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Artifact Annotations 3

Title: Governor John Hickenlooper – About the Governor

Summary: This article provided some background on the current governor of Colorado. It didn’t provide stances and current issues. John Hickenlooper is a democrat. Just was a list of all his good accomplishments.

“Governor John Hickenlooper – About the Governor.” Colorado.gov: The Official State Web Portal. John Hickenlooper, 2011. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/GovHickenlooper/CBON/1249674240451&gt;.

Rhetorical Context: Written most likely by a member of Hickenlooper’s staff and aimed towards the public. I found this article online.

Evaluation: This article is helpful so that I can better understand the man that I wll be writing my letter to. It explains how he helped revitalize lower downtown Denver, and was a small business owner so I can speak to him in terms of the free market and expect certain things to be understood. This article was most likely very biased as it was written by one of the staff and painted Hickenlooper in a very positive light.

Title: HigherEdInfo.org: State and Local Public Higher Education Support Per Full-Time Equivalent Student.

Summary: Was a page that ranked states by spending on higher education per student.

“HigherEdInfo.org: State and Local Public Higher Education Support Per Full-Time Equivalent Student.” HigherEdInfo.org: Welcome. NCHEMS. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.higheredinfo.org/dbrowser/index.php?submeasure=67&gt;.

Rhetorical Context: Sponsored by HigherEdInfo.org they are another advocacy group for higher education funding so are likely to be slightly biased. They’re data however comes from the government so is likely to be correct.

Evaluation: This source is important because statistically rank Colorado as 48th for higher education funding. It may be biased but it doesn’t make the facts they provide any less true.

Title: 22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America.

Summary: This article provided statistics gather from a variety of third party sources all into one place about the grouping class division in America.

Snyder, Michael. “22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America.” Business Insider. 15 July 2010. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.businessinsider.com/22-statistics-that-prove-the-middle-class-is-being-systematically-wiped-out-of-existence-in-america-2010-7&gt;.

Rhetorical Context: Michael Snyder is definitely a hard leftist. This was written on a blog like online newspaper the Business Insider. Michael Snyder supports equality which is good but almost head towards the communist area.

Evaluation: Snyder’s hard leftist views definitely are present in the statistics that he presents and how he evaluates them. There’s really more like 10 statistics that prove the middle class is dying off and everything else is just guessing. Still helpful to my argument the deals in part with how college is become both a dividing line and harder to afford.

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Artifact Annotations 2

Title: Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individual and Society.

Summary: This article is on the benefits of higher education to the individual and society. They provide facts and statistics for how a college degree positively impacts one’s life. The statistic on the money saved in social programs is particularly relevant for my argument.

Baum, Sandy, and Kathleen Payea. “Education Pays: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individual and Society.” Education Pays. http://Www.collegeboard.com, 2005. Web. <http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/press/cost04/EducationPays2004.pdf&gt;.

Rhetorical Context: This article was sponsored by collegeboard so is likely biased towards going to college. It was an article I found online. Also it is aimed at those heading towards college or thinking about it so that they can see just how important it is.

Evaluation: This source will be particularly useful because much of my argument depends on going to college being beneficial to society. The statistics will definitely help to bolster my argument.

 

Title: Trends in College Spending:1998-2008.

Summary: This article also provided some great statistics for college funding. It talked about how the cost of college has been increasing across the board.

Dresrochers, Donna M., Colleen M. Lenihan, and Jane V. Wellman. “Trends in College Spending:1998-2008.” Trends in College Spending. The Delta Project, Lumina Foundation for Education, 2010. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.deltacostproject.org/resources/pdf/Trends-in-College-Spending-98-08.pdf&gt;.

Rhetorical Context: This study was paid for by an education foundation so is likely to be biased towards education. I found this article online. The audience appears to be the American public.

Evaluation: This article was a great source I’m going to take one of the graphs for my multimodal aspect of my paper.

 

Title: Transcript of the Constitution of the United States – Official.

Summary: The document that lays out how the federal government is to be run in the US and the Powers that it holds.

“Transcript of the Constitution of the United States – Official.” National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 15 Apr. 2011. <http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html&gt;.

Rhetorical Context: While the document was framed in the late 1700’s it still proves to be present today. Found online at the nation archives

Evaluation: I didn’t know how much the federal government controls education. Turns out it doesn’t. This will be important when I try to compare Colorado to other states.

 

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3) A. Title of Entry: “Colorado Budget Cuts”

B. Summary: This video addresses the fact that K-12 and higher education are the areas of the budget that are currently taking the brunt of this year’s cuts. It also shows Governor Hickenlooper addressing the legislators of Colorado and telling them that Colorado is in financial trouble due to this economic downturn and needs to find ways to get out this rut. The video also shows other Colorado legislators opinions on these cuts and the speech given by Governor Hickenlooper.

C. Rhetorical Context: The source of this article and video are on 9News’s.com which is the online forum for channel 9 News in Colorado, which is a Gannett Company (a company that provides media outputs for states). The audience for this video I believe, since it is on the website and is a searchable video, is primarily families who have children in either K-12 or higher education systems who are worrying what they and the school districts are going to do seeing as they are now forced to reevaluate many aspects. The composer of this video is Chris Vanderveen who is a writer and reporter for channel 9 News and the crew team who was with him filming this interview.

D. Evaluation: This article was very helpful in the fact that it shows the dichotomy in the things that Governor Hickenlooper says about higher education and the actuality of what he does regarding funding.

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2) A. Title of Entry: “Education funding, jobs cut in Hickenlooper’s budget proposal”

B. Summary: This article is all about the cuts that Hickenlooper’s budget will cause. It also contains a video of a break down of the cuts that education will face under Governor Hickenlooper compared to the proposals by Governor Ritter. The video also has footage of Governor Hickenlooper answering families questions about what the cuts will end up doing to education, which is helpful because it will show his opinion in his own words.

C. Rhetorical Context: The source of this article and video are on 9News’s.com which is the online forum for channel 9 News in Colorado, which is a Gannett Company (a company that provides media outputs for states). The audience of this article and video are all of those who watch 9 News. This can range from the elderly, families, college students; all of whom might have a stake in these budget cuts affecting higher education funding. The composers of this article are Christina Dickinson and Chris Vanderveen both of whom are writers and reporters for the 9 News channel.

D. Evaluation: I found this article and video very helpful in the fact that they will allow me to use to the words of Governor Hickenlooper to prove that his personal (or at least public personal) viewpoint is causing damage to higher education funding because he is showing the general public that this is an area that doesn’t really need this funding.

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1) A. Title of Entry: “An Update on State Budget Cuts:At Least 46 States Have Imposed Cuts That Hurt Vulnerable Residents and the Economy”.

B. Summary: This website compares all the different states higher education funding and K-12 funding. It compares such things as how the economic downturn is affecting budget cuts, which areas these cuts are affecting (from education to the public sector), which states have been forced to cut the most out of their budget. This website also has a chart that shows all 50 states and what areas of their budget they’ve had to cut such as public health, Elderly/Disabled, K-12, higher education, and state workforce.

C. Rhetorical Context: The source of this website is the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which is a center that helps state and federal governments balance there budget in regards to middle to lower income families. They also look at the long term effects of different levels of fiscal policy and they also look at the stability of these fiscal policies and whether or not there is enough money to implement these policies. I believe that the audience of this website is those members of the government who work on balancing the budget and studying the United States fiscal policy. It is in place to show these government officials where their policies will go in the years to come and how different states are handling economic downturn and what they in turn are doing fiscally to handle the problems. The composers of this article are Nicholas Johnson, Phil Oliff and Erica Williams. Nicholas Johnson’s expertise is in state budgets and taxes and has been awarded several high up positions in tax and budget analysis and also several awards such as the “Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy.” Phil Oliff and Erica Williams’s expertise is also state budget and taxes and both have conducted much research for the Center.

D. Evaluation: I thought that this website was extremely helpful when looking at what Governor Hickenlooper’s policies are doing to Colorado compared to what other governors of other states are doing in these harsh times. I will definitely use this article in my paper to show the types of budget cuts education is facing and also the harm these cuts are causing compared to what other states are doing.

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Title of Post:  Student Financial Services-Cost

A. Summary: This page lists the costs of attendance for various student categories including, but not limited to, resident and nonresident tuition prices. This page also lists average cost of books, student fees, health care allowances, and other various living expenses. This information comes from the Colorado State University website and was found on May 1, 2011. The title of the web page is Student Financial Services- Costs.  The information listed represents information for full time students during the nine month academic year. The web page is sure to indicate that the information changes according to the meal plan chosen and for dorm chosen. It is important to note that these are averages and not exact numbers for all students, which varies across fields, degrees, and majors.

 B. Rhetorical Context: This comes from the Colorado State University Website but the information is also backed up by other various fact checking research. The information is to be considered reliable. The target audience is incoming students. Incoming students may look at this and decide they want to go to the college. This may be useful in letting other colleges know that the University is less or more expensive than their Universities.

C. Evaluation:  The artifact is useful in showing that the information I have on the prices of tuition at the University now are reliable. It is through the University so the information could be biased so it looks as if living on campus is cheaper than living off campus. For the purpose of this paper that information is irrelevant. I am going to use this to show that the price of tuition at Colorado State University is higher/lower than the national average.

“Student Financial Services-Cost.” Colorado State University. Colorado State University, — 03 2011. Web. 2 May 2011. <http://sfs.colostate.edu/costs/index.aspx&gt;.

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Title of Post:  Colorado State University Academics

A. Summary: According to Princeton Review Guide, which only ranks the top 25 percent of colleges in the United States, Colorado State University ranks at number 69. This statistic is listed along with many others about Colorado State University. This page is a listing by the University of many, of the different rankings and academic achievements of Colorado State University. The web page also indicates that the University ranked in the top ten Veterinarian colleges in the United States. It continues by stating that Colorado State University is ranked as one of the best Universities by Kiplinger, Best in The West, Business Week, and Forbes. This was found on May 1, 2011 on the Colorado State University website and was last updated in March of 2011.

B. Rhetorical Context: The source of the information is Colorado State University. I verified the information by going to the specific websites of several of the quoted ranking systems. The information is to be considered reliable. The target audience is incoming students. Incoming students may look at this and decide they want to go to the college. This may be useful in letting other colleges know that the University is in academic good standing.

C. Evaluation:  This is useful in showing that Colorado State University is an above average college. In attempting to show that the University needs more money because it is above average, this is useful in showing that it is. It may be weak because it is a list of how good the University is, listed on the University’s website. It is credible because it is a) a university publication and b) because it is verified by other research and fact checking I performed.

 “Colorado State University-Academics.” Colorado State University. Colorado State University, — 03 2011. Web. 1 May 2011. <http://www.colostate.edu/academics/&gt;.

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