I don't have an answer to Two Days Drive from Boston's question, but maybe someone out there does?
I am working to narrow down my schools for an MFA in poetry. I
> recently learned that the University of New Hampshire has bumped
> the MA to an MFA. The number of workshops has increased to five,
> the two year MA has been upped to three for the MFA, the program
> requires a book length thesis, all that. It includes what they're
> calling an "uninterupted semester" to work strictly on the thesis.
> Whether that means just workshops and independent study, or just
> independent study, I'm not sure.
> ---Question is... Have you heard any buzz in the community about
> what can be expected from it? I know there are positive and
> negative things about brand new programs, but considering the
> already established MA with writing focus, do you know if the
> transition is expected to go smoothly? I'd love to hear your
> opinion and the opinion of your trusted readers.