Okay, I'm back. No, I was not Jack Bauer's cellmate in China. I've just been busy with life stuff. It's almost decision time for programs and students. Exciting and nerve-wracking as I remember.
Hey, a good place to check out is Seth Abramson's new LJPW Reader's Poll of Creative Writing Programs. Seth has done some more analysis (as a reader pointed out, my use of the word 'statistical' is not accurate), this time of reader's comments on Live Journal and Poets and Writers message boards. He's done some comparison to his "Kealey Scale" too.
And also: Poets and Writers and reportedly Live Journal (link anyone?) are excellent sources for talking with other prospective students and finding information and support. Rock on.