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UW-Eau Claire Again Ranks in
U.S. News & World Report’s Top Tier

 MAILED:  Aug. 22, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — U.S. News & World Report magazine has again ranked the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in its top tier of universities in the Midwest, and UW-Eau Claire also was recognized as having one of the best undergraduate research programs in the country.

This year’s rankings put UW-Eau Claire at No. 3 among regional public universities in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas to the West, Missouri to the South and Ohio to the East.

“These quantitatively measured rankings continue to be very competitive, so we are proud to be included among the top schools in the Midwest for the ninth consecutive year,” Chancellor Donald Mash said. “It speaks well of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.”

The magazine also included UW-Eau Claire in its “Programs to look for” section, which highlights schools with outstanding examples of academic programs that lead to student success. UW-Eau Claire is one of 39 colleges and universities — private and public — of all sizes from throughout the country included in the magazine’s “Undergraduate Research Creative Projects” category.

“We’ve offered our undergraduate students phenomenal research opportunities for years, working hand in hand with faculty mentors, so it’s very satisfying to see UW-Eau Claire — a mid-size public regional university — recognized along with Yale, Princeton, Stanford and other premier institutions that make undergraduate research a priority,” Mash said.

This is only the second year that U.S. News published its “Programs to look for” section, which includes eight types of programs that have been shown to enhance learning. In addition to undergraduate research, categories include first-year experiences, internships, senior capstones, learning communities, study abroad, service-learning and writing in the disciplines.

“Those eight programs mirror the very things that UW-Eau Claire regularly points to when we’re describing what sets us apart from other universities,” Mash said. “For example, in addition to our outstanding undergraduate research opportunities, we also have an excellent study abroad program and an innovative service-learning program.”

UW-Eau Claire and UW-Madison are the only two UW System schools included in the eight categories within the “Programs to look for” section. College presidents, chief academic officers and deans of students from colleges and universities throughout the country could nominate up to 10 institutions with stellar examples of programs in each of the eight categories. Colleges and universities mentioned most often were then listed in alphabetical order in the “Programs to look for” section.

For its 2004 best colleges rankings, U.S. News & World Report places UW-Eau Claire 26th among all regional universities (public and private) in the top tier of what is known as the “Best Universities-Master’s” category. Schools included in this category provide a full range of undergraduate- and master’s-level programs and typically draw students mostly from the state and surrounding states.

The U.S. News & World Report magazine’s rankings are based on analyzing thousands of points of data collected on more than 1,400 accredited four-year colleges. In the regional rankings, 573 universities-master’s were ranked within four geographic areas (North, South, Midwest and West). The magazine compares factors such as academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, class sizes, graduation and freshman retention rates, student selectivity and alumni giving.

As in past years, UW-Eau Claire did well in the academic reputation category, a ranking determined by leaders at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. UW-Eau Claire’s small class sizes, commitment to hiring full-time faculty, graduation and freshman retention rates, and alumni giving also were among the university’s strengths as identified by the magazine.

“UW-Eau Claire’s reputation for excellence is important to students and graduates because it helps them secure challenging jobs in a competitive job market and it helps them gain entry to outstanding graduate schools,” Mash said. “Being consistently included in U.S. News’ prestigious top-tier is just one of many indicators of our university’s quality work and strong reputation. Our faculty, staff and students regularly receive national awards, honors and grants, all of which are indictors of the university’s reputation for excellence.”

This year UW-Eau Claire shares the No. 3 spot among public regional universities with UW-La Crosse and Washburn University of Kansas. UW-Stevens Point is ranked No. 4. Truman State of Missouri and University of Northern Iowa were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

“It’s incredible to see three UW System schools at the top of this impressive list,” Mash said. “This is one more indicator that the UW System is one of the best higher education systems in the country.”

All 2004 U.S. News & World Report college rankings will be included in its college guidebook, “America’s Best Colleges.” Many of the rankings also will be included in the U.S. News & World Report magazine issue dated Sept. 1. The rankings also can be found on the U.S. News Web site, beginning Friday, Aug. 22.

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Updated: August 22, 2003