He has admitted that it's an "unscientific poll," yet he persists in calling them "rankings." Why? ) ***** Poets & Writers, of course, could change the terminology, and I believe that continuing to call them rankings is misleading.
(I wonder how many people actually read the extraordinarily long-winded explanation of the "methods" behind this supposed ranking system?
I don't have much time to devote to this topic over the next few days, but I feel I need to say SOMETHING for the moment: I'm supposed to be persuaded by your argument above, Seth?
Harvard law degree or not (and by the way, my former "white-trash" parents got full rides at Harvard, so I'm not intimidated by your resume): You consistently contradict yourself on this point; you admit, on the one hand, that there's nothing scientific about this "ranking" system, but on the other hand, you try to justify your "rankings" as meaningful.
Without offering any empirical evidence about the prospective MFA students who respond to his blog site, he has no choice but to make an assumption about those respondents--no choice, anyway, if we're to take the "rankings" as being at all accurate.
I have no problem with his method as long as he calls it, in this publication and elsewhere, what it essentially is: an informal poll.
Thus, it's unfair of you to claim that I'm the one who can't be persuaded (I conceded something rather significant to you once, actually--I still have the email in which I did so, in fact).
I know for certain that some people won't post comments about anything you've said or written for the same reason I nearly didn't.
In it, we offer a look at 153 full-residency programs and 59 low-residency programs, sorted alphabetically by region.
A combination of hard data from programs that release funding and admissions figures to the public and a vital survey of what the individuals comprising the next generation of U. poets and writers have to say about their own priorities in choosing a postgraduate program, here are the 2012 rankings of the nation's top fifty MFA programs.