In a discussion at DrupalCon about promoting Drupal adoption in colleges and universities, greggles, Peter Wolanin and I considered the benefit of approving college- and university-centric groups, even if there is already a regional group that might suit. My own feeling is that this would be a great idea.
Some reasoning bullet points:
- It's in the Drupal community's interest to increase Drupal adoption by students.
- College students can be rather provincial in activities (i.e., may not express interest in off-campus community events).
- Even Drupal engagement limited to just on-campus activities can be the camels nose under the tent. How long before these students are participating in the broader community.
It strikes me as a complete win.
Assuming we have consensus, the only changes would be in our approval process, as well as perhaps updating the guidelines posted at http://groups.drupal.org/guidelines-for-forming-new-groups
Any thoughts on this?