MPR’s Alex Friedrich reports African-American enrollment in U of M grad schools is plunging, down 15 percent since 2010 to a mere 428 students. That amounts to 2.7 percent of all students, so the U is increasing recruitment efforts. U officials, Friedrich writes, are “at a loss to explain why fewer blacks are studying there,” but cite academic performance and money. Black students cite Minnesota’s cold, whiteness and income gaps.
And you thought the tidal wave of adjuncts was funky … . Maura Lerner of the Strib says, “Business students at one for-profit college soon will have a new way to earn credits: by playing computer games. Rasmussen College in Bloomington announced Thursday that beginning in July it will offer game-based courses — with no instructors — as part of its associate degree in business management. … .” If you save the scantily-clad blonde from the narco-terrorist … you get an “A.”
Heck, your dad told you this … . Stribber Adam Belz says, “It’s official: Theology and religion majors are among the least likely new college graduates to get a job in Minnesota. Only 14 percent of those who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 in theology and religion had a full-time, year-round job in Minnesota in their second year after graduation, and the median annual wage for those newly-minted graduates was $16,851.” Does this count those that start their own mega-churches?
Also in education … . Steve Brandt of the Strib says, “ … Minneapolis, the only school district in Minnesota employing teachers from the much-debated program, has cut back sharply this school year in its use of [Teach for America]-trained teachers. It hired only three additional TFA trainees to start teaching last fall, and has a total 14 corps members on its payroll, down from 20 a year earlier.”
The latest statewide broadband numbers are marginally encouraging … . Dave Peters at MPR says, “There’s still a double-digit rural-urban gap in broadband access, but the list of counties in which a fifth or fewer of households have good access is down to 11 … Last fall, service was that poor in 23 counties. … 57 percent of rural Minnesota households have broadband access as defined by the state. That’s up from 48 percent a year ago … .” BTW, the state minimum is pretty low … less than half the average metro speeds.
An interesting stat from blogger Wolf Richter contrasts booming home sales among the (infamous) 1% and the not-at-all rosy picture of everyone else. Minneapolis ranks #9 among large metro areas for sales increases among the upper-upper income group. A 50% bump for April ‘13 through April ‘14. Meanwhile … a 12.5% slide among the 99%-ers.
It’s worse in Ohio, but still … measles? Lorna Benson at MPR says, “Minnesota has had two measles cases in 2014, making it one of 18 states included in the largest measles outbreak in 20 years. So far, 288 people in the United States have contracted measles during the first five months of the year. Nearly all of the cases have been associated with international travel by unvaccinated people … .”
The PiPress’s Ruben Rosario spins the sobering tale of an ex-cop recruited to help rescue sexually trafficked women, only to find the organization was run by a molester. Said ex-con claims he’s found Jesus, but his group wanted $630 up front from the cop. The Florida-based Defender Foundation messed with the wrong dude.
State party conventions open this weekend, but even though the GOP convention has the more interesting endorsement fights, MPR’s Tom Scheck makes time for the DFL’s intramural battle over mining. Although Gov. Dayton seems ready to tumble for jobs, jobs, jobs (and sulfide pollution), unions and northern Minnesotans are pressuring him.
A superfund site is on the comeback trail. Janet Moore in the Strib reports, “The $100 million-plus venture, ultimately expected to create 3,000 jobs, involves erecting 10 to 12 office/industrial buildings on the 122-acre [Fridley] site, once the home of Northern Pump Co. The pump company, which opened at the East River Road location during World War II, enjoys a rich history of producing gun turrets and barrels for the U.S. Navy … .”
The Castle Doctrine … at very long range. Says Dave Chanen in the Strib, “A Carver County man is jailed on $1 million bail after allegedly shooting at his neighbor and his 11-year-old son as they rode in a tractor last week, authorities said Thursday. … He admitted that he was angry with the neighbor and that he had used a scoped rifle and ‘could see the victim in the scope cross hairs,’ authorities said. … Deputies later searched [Kenneth] Walsh’s home and seized an undisclosed number of rifles and shotguns.”