Worker adjusting the wireless access point outside my window.
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NetRoots MN: The Blogasota Session with @RobinMarty
We are discussing the nuts and bolts of blogging with Robin Marty. Some high-powered bloggers in attendance. Shaping up to be a great discussion! We are currently talking about how to make money with your blog.
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).
Why I voted "No" on Minneapolis Charter Amendment #168
Should the City of Minneapolis adopt a change in its charter to the composition of the Board of Estimate and Taxation so that the Board's membership consists of the members of the City Council, with the actions of the Board subject to the powers and duties of the Mayor?
As we begin the constructive discussion next year about how to improve the ways that the City Council works with the Park Board, we should do so with the BET in place and ready to be reformed and more fully utilized to help make our City government more responsive, accountable, transparent and fiscally prudent.
I strongly favor having our elected City Council be held responsible and accountable for these things, like almost every other major city in the country.
Fluid for Wave: Instructions on building an app
I use a Fluid app to engage with Google Wave. The TC Wave has links to how to do this but the TC Wave is becoming harder and harder to navigate and find things. So here's the blog post with links to how to integrate Fluid and Wave and Growl.