MAILED: Sept. 2, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- A national magazine has again ranked the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among the top regional public schools.
UW-Eau Claire was ranked No. 3 in the best public regional universities category of U.S. News & World Report's 11th annual "America's Best Colleges" issue. UW-Eau Claire tied with UW-Whitewater and the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the No. 3 spot in the Midwest division.
UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater were the only UW System schools ranked in the top tier of Midwestern regional universities. Being placed in the No. 1 tier means UW-Eau Claire is among the top 25 percent of all regional universities in the Midwest, including public and private schools.
This is the third consecutive year UW-Eau Claire has made the magazine's list of top colleges.
"I'm pleased that UW-Eau Claire is continuing to get this type of national recognition for its excellence," said Chancellor Larry Schnack. "It's encouraging to be singled out by a national publication as one of the top schools in the Midwest."
The factors used to determine rankings include academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and the alumni giving rate.
The magazine's rankings are based on collecting thousands of points of data on about 1,400 accredited four-year colleges. In the regional rankings, 504 universities were considered, 206 of which were public.
The magazine editors acknowledge that it's difficult for public universities to score as high as private schools in many categories. For example, public schools seldom rank as high as private schools in the student selectivity section simply because public schools' missions in regard to the students they serve differ from that of private institutions.
U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue and guidebook, which contains all the university rankings, arrived on newsstands Aug. 25.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 2, 1997