We had a meeting about our MA program last week; there's a new colleague directing the program, a colleague who very much wants to be a deanling and so approaches everything as an administrator. They really wanted to present their idea, have us all nod obediently, and move forward.
Instead, people started asking questions. And the best question asked us to think about what the MA program is trying to do. It's a great starting point for rethinking our program. (I've blogged before about my frustrations with our program, how weak it is, how much of a disservice I think we do for students who should be encouraged to go elsewhere.)
So the question of the day: what should an MA program try to do? Or, to put it another way, why should someone get an MA in English?
(Note: we're a regional comprehensive with the only MA in English for 100 miles in most directions.)