Inquiry 3 entry 6

Jobin, Matt. “Overcoming The Community College Parking Crunch.” University Business 13.7 (2010): 24-25. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Apr. 2014.

This article is about how community colleges are dealing with the same problem that all colleges are facing. Primarily due to the increase in costs and tuition many students are enrolling at community colleges and the number of students far exceeds the amount of parking. It is noted the community college students are made up entirely of commuters and it would be effective to conduct parking utilization studies to measure the use of parking and at what times it is needed the most. There are comparisons to the benefits and disadvantageous to parking lots and parking structures, such as space and money. There are comparisons made between urban and suburban campuses and their differences and their needs based on location. Urban campuses are more likely to have municipal parking on streets which could help take the load off the campus itself. Promoting alternative transportation is a way to advertise bus routes and car pooling. The key is getting the information out there so the students can utilize it, otherwise they are unaware and won’t know. Also, there needs to be safety ensured all around a campus and if there are areas where people don’t feel safe parking than it is a wasted spot. Sufficient lighting and visibility is key. In conclusion the article again states that community colleges are dealing with new parking challenges as more and more students are taken in. It will take planning and effort to provide safe and efficient parking for students and staff.

This piece was taken from University Business and I found the source under Academic Search Complete from the Miami University Libraries website. The intended audience for this article would seem to be campus planners of Community Colleges who are looking for information and suggestions on how to better accommodate a growing number of students with not enough parking for them all. It seems to be a strategically written article to give administrators and planners an idea of how to best build their campus parking based on location and size. I believe it is a credible source for these people because it provides good examples and suggestions on how to go about dealing with this issue. The article cites Eric Gohr, the director of auxiliary services for Lansing Community College. He works with a community college so it is safe to say that he has the ability to make suggestions based on what he’s experienced and that he is aware that even community colleges are dealing with the issue of parking availability. This article was released in July of 2010. It about 4 years old but in my opinion it is still current enough to hold its credibility. This focuses on Community Colleges but is still associated with any University because they all have a similar situation of too many people and not enough parking. I would still associate this article with Miami because it is addressing ways that parking can be bettered. The rhetorical pieces involved with this article are most notably logos, because it is providing logical solutions and steps to take in order to better the parking situation on community college campuses. A little bit of pathos is used because of the issue and as I’ve stated before parking woes do bring out emotions. Lastly, ethos is established by citing someone who has knowledge and experience into the issue at hand. This source is persuasive to me because it provides tips and strategies and comes from a reliable source.

I believe this piece could be useful in providing some solutions, even though this is more focused on community colleges I still believe that some of these ideas could be implemented on a level that could work for Miami’s campus.


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