I thought that this post on "Eight Things that Journalism Students Should Demand from Their Journalism Schools" was pretty interesting. The author suggests that sometimes, it's up to students to "seize the initiative to demand" certain educational components. His list of must-haves includes, briefly: role models, a mentor, employment contacts, "a place to hack," work experience, "deep knowledge of a field other than journalism," "getting your name out there," and "passion, not excuses."
After reading the post, I began wondering how such a list might look in the context of MFA students in creative writing and what they should expect from their programs. I have some ideas, but for the moment, I'm more interested in what prospective students, current students, alumni, and faculty have to say. Please share your thoughts!