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arielblue
Library Anne

Oct 5, 2004, 9:46 PM

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Interesting news: the Whidbey Island Writers Association, in Washington State, is starting a new low-res MFA program that is not affiliated with any existing college or university.

http://wiwa.bigmindcatalyst.com/...g.html&node=1553 for info on the program.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/...93753_ecenter05.html for a newspaper article about it.

It sounds intriguing, though I wonder whether the non-affiliation with existing institutions will help or hinder it. Also, no word yet on faculty.

But it does sound interesting.


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Oct 6, 2004, 9:58 AM

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They might have trouble getting accredited, which would mean that their graduates would not be able to get teaching jobs.

dmh


arielblue
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Oct 6, 2004, 10:09 AM

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The newspaper article I linked said:

The state's Higher Education Coordinating Board, which approves new degrees before they can be offered, sanctioned the Whidbey program over the summer.

So it sounds like they are accredited at the state level, at least.


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Oct 7, 2004, 12:52 PM

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Approval by the state board isn't accreditation. It means they can stay in business, but it doesn't mean that other schools will respect their degrees.

Accreditation is by regional academic authorities, and follows an investigation of the program, its faculty, facilities, and so on.

dmh


bighark


Oct 7, 2004, 3:04 PM

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And it's a pain in the ass to get approved. I work for an online degree granting institution (not unlike a low-res program), and one of our degree programs just got rejected for the second time in a year.


gmiller1122


Jul 1, 2011, 1:31 PM

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Are there any Whidbey graduates or current students who would like to chime in? It sounds like a well-focused program.


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ookfish


Jul 1, 2011, 2:30 PM

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They might have trouble getting accredited, which would mean that their graduates would not be able to get teaching jobs.

dmh


Anyone who enters an MFA for the purposes of getting a teaching job is putting themselves in a VERY dangerous boat...


maybemd


Jul 3, 2011, 7:24 PM

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I'd love to teach after getting my MFA, but not for the money. I'd be looking to learn more about writing out of having to teach it.

Another semester and I'll be shopping my resume around.


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Jul 3, 2011, 8:38 PM

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I'd love to teach after getting my MFA, but not for the money. I'd be looking to learn more about writing out of having to teach it.

Another semester and I'll be shopping my resume around.


That's probably for the best—there's no money to be had.


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Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.


karinr
Karin Rosman


Jul 4, 2011, 11:35 AM

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Just a general comment on the Whidbey Island program, I heard that they are now accredited. I haven't verified this, just something I heard from someone I met who got her MFA there. She loved the program. I think it's worth looking into. Not to mention that the Pacific Northwest, and Whidbey in particular, is a verifiably gorgeous location to get your MFA.

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