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Geeking out with Toby, Pete, & WordPress at Minnewebcon

Tomorrow at 11 Toby Cryns (the Mighty Mo guy) and I will be hosting a WordPress Geekout at Minnewebcon. We did this once before at the MIMA Summit and had a great time and the participants were very engaged. We'll share a few wordpressy things we've learned or stumbled upon and try to answer any and all questions. We encourage all in attendance to share their WordPress tips too.

We won't involve ourselves in the WordPress vs. Drupal debate.

So if you're at Minnewebcon, consider dropping by our session at 11!


Minneapolis & St. Paul Police oppose Arizona-style immigration law legislation

We believe that mobilizing local police to serve as primary enforcers of federal immigration laws will throw up barriers of mistrust and cause a chilling effect in immigrant communities, impairing our ability to build partnerships and engage in problem-solving that improves the safety of all members of the community. The culture of fear that this bill will instill in immigrant communities will keep victims of crime and people with information about crime from coming forward, and that will endanger all residents.

MPR on U of M and the increasing transfer population (mostly community colleges)

Interesting article by Tim Post (@posttim) looking at the increasing population of mostly community college transfer students. The cost of tuition is a prime reason for starting at a two-year college.

The article leaves me with several unanswered questions. Community college officials state their students do as well or better than students who do all four years at the U of MN but offer no evidence.

The U of MN has survey evidence that transfer students are less satisfied with their experience than students who start as freshmen. A national survey (National Survey on Student Engagement) finds that transfer students take part in fewer campus activities.

We need student ages to understand this better. What’s the median and average age of the transfer students? If they are older — say past 25 — it would make sense that they might feel a bit out of it and this would make them less satisfied. I would also guess that many of these students are holding down jobs and going to school part-time which does not help in integrating them in campus life.

But really, I shouldn’t have to guess. The U of MN should do the research and share it. This would make a great longitudinal study (and probably should have been started a few years ago).