Here's a topic that isn't much discussed on this blog: the extent to which MFA programs should be actively working to set up their students with industry contacts.
Some programs have a better reputation than others in this department. Columbia might not have good funding or transparency about their funding, but it does have a great "Life After the MFA" program which exists to do just that. Now the University of Arizona is taking great strides in this regard too, with its new "Look Book," an anthology of writing by students designed to showcase their talents to future agents and editors. You can read more about it here, care of GalleyCat.
Thoughts on this? Are MFA programs doing enough? Not enough? Should the realities of the market even be a concern for MFA programs or something they should keep out of the classroom in the service of a purer expression of art?