Focusing on your area of academic, social or professional interest, choose a current issue facing labor or social policy. What debates surround this issue? What positions do the various “sides” take? Once you have examined these various positions, make a case for a particular approach that you believe would help improve the situation. In what ways would that approach provide a solution? Thinking clearly about issues and expressing these thoughts in writing are important aspects of graduate study at Empire State College. In order to be considered for the graduate program, you must address all of the above questions in a coherent, well-organized essay of three to four typewritten, double-spaced pages.