Jan 23, 2007, 8:56 PM
Post #382 of 764
What can I tell you? I posted an addendum to my post minutes after I posted it, and it's only now (hours later) that I see that the system ate it (I was working in the "basic" editor because I couldn't get the "advanced" editor to work, and that must have caused the problem).
In the addendum, I told you of (and gave the link for) the primary website for compiling data on MFA programs, and said that its website lists 189 programs. However, some of those schools might only have PhD. programs. I pointed out that it's rare, however, for a school to offer a Creative Writing PhD. but not an M.F.A.; in fact I'd be surprised if there were more than 10 such schools. But I could be wrong. In any event, it seems to me that it's equally likely that this website missed a few schools that do have M.F.A.s, so I said it seemed probable that the number of M.F.A. programs, presently, is close to 200. As to how I know that "way" more than 30 MFA programs have been created since 1997, as I said in my response I must have come across three dozen programs in my research that I couldn't find in the USNWR rankings. I can't provide a list because a) I never kept a list, so I'd have to re-do the research, which I just don't have time to do, and b) you either trust me or you don't, and if you don't, you'd probably just as soon think that I wrote this website myself--
--i.e. the one which lists the 189 schools. Just kidding there. :-) The point is, you can look at the gradschools.com list yourself and see dozens of schools there which weren't in the USNWR97 top ninety-five schools...so, my observation that more than 30 new programs have been created would seem to be empirically true, if (if!) we assume that USNWR ranked all the programs which existed in 1997. I believed that it had done that, you seem to imply I might be wrong there, and you might be right in correcting me. So, if USNWR didn't rank all the schools, then for all I know there aren't 30 new programs, though my belief would still be that there probably are--my impression being that the last decade was the decade for growth in the M.F.A. system.
So, anyway, I took your comment--"I would hope that your interest in creating new rankings would compel you to research the facts available"--as being wholly understandable, given that my "ON EDIT" addendum was erased by the system.
(This post was edited by umass76 on Jan 23, 2007, 10:13 PM)