Daniel Luzer of Washington Monthly writes that although he has sympathy for Shannon Gibney, the Minneapolis Community and Technical College instructor reprimanded for how she handled a class discussion on structural racism, there’s a point to consider: Structural racism is a very difficult concept to teach to students, and professors have to be very careful about Read more

Got this late yesterday from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. It’s in response to news-media attention over a confrontation during a class discussion of structural racism. The gist:  At MCTC, we believe it is essential for our faculty to actively engage students in respectful discussions in the classroom regardless of topic and to create an Read more

Beck Kilkenny, an orientation leader this year Minneapolis Community and Technical College — and digital editor at City College News — writes about what didn’t work during MCTC’s orientation: There was a lot of emphasis … about playing icebreaker games to facilitate communication within the group. This did not excite the students ….. Maybe it’s Read more

In December 2010, I reposted a Star Tribune story on homelessness among Minneapolis Community & Technical College students. Two and a half years later, an MCTC class led by former Star Tribune photo director Peter Koeleman has produced a 16-minute documentary on the subject, called “No Place to Call Home.” MinnPost has it written up Read more

A commentary in City College News, the student paper of Minneapolis Community and Technical College, says the college needs to assess students’ computer skills before they start taking classes. It argues they need to overcome any technology gap stemming from their age, income or culture if they are to succeed in their studies: … Older Read more

Katie Lentsch writes in City College News why Minneapolis Community & Technical College might catch the current ban-the-water-bottle wave hitting Minnesota colleges: With (food contractor) Sodexo’s current contract expiring this coming June, this could be a good time for researching alternate water options. Speaking with President Davis, Conley said, “The school needs to update its Read more