Author Cathy Day has a great essay over at The Millions about MFA (and undergraduate) programs tendency to favor short fiction over the novel.
For added bonus, she blogs about what she went through to get the essay published here.
If you're currently in an MFA program or an alum of one, what do you think of her perspective?
I have to say, one thing I know from my research and experience is that UK creative writing programs tend to focus more on the novel because there is even less of the market for short fiction in the UK than there is here (far fewer literary magazines, for example). The novel is the currency of fiction publishing in the UK, period.
There are a few programs, UNC Wilmington is one of them, that focus on longer works. What about others?