Number use analysis
The article in the New York Times on the cost of study abroad programs uses numbers in many ways.
The reporter has included the tuition cost in dollars for many different programs, as well as the mentioning the conversion rate to euros. Numbers of students that study abroad and the percents of which type of programs are chosen.
The numbers are a bit overwhelming to me because they are included throughout the whole story. Although they are needed to prove the point of inflated costs, it's hard to keep them all straight.
I think the reporter tried to make it easier by spreading them out, but with so many figures it was still hard.
The sources for the numbers are not always cited, although all of the universities whose programs are discussed are listed and the costs could most likely be found on their study abroad Web sites.