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U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks|
UW-Eau Claire Among Top Schools
MAILED: August 24, 1998|
For the second time in as many weeks, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been named by a national magazine as one of the best education buys in the country.
In its 12th annual "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, UW-Eau Claire is ranked No. 3 in the best public regional universities category of U.S. News & World Report. This is the fourth consecutive year that the magazine has recognized UW-Eau Claire for its excellence.
In the September 1998 Kiplinger's magazine, UW-Eau Claire was ranked as the 62nd best public university nationwide in a study that combined quality education and cost.
A year ago, UW-Eau Claire tied with UW-Whitewater and the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the No. 3 spot in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report study. This year, UW-Whitewater dropped to No. 4 (tied with UW-Stevens Point) and the University of Minnesota-Duluth was not listed in the top tier. UW-La Crosse was ranked No. 6.
"When I first came here, I was told that UW-Eau Claire was one of the best kept secrets in higher education," Chancellor Donald Mash said. "It's clear from this and other national recognition that the word is out about the outstanding education students are getting here."
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.
The factors used to determine rankings include academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and the alumni giving rate. UW-Eau Claire did particularly well in the academic reputation category (3.3 out of a possible 5), a ranking determined by a survey of the presidents, provosts and deans of admission at colleges and universities in the same category. The university's 24 percent alumni giving rate also was higher than many other public universities.
The magazine's ranks are based on collecting thousands of points of data on about 1,400 accredited four-year colleges. In the regional ranks, 504 universities were considered, 260 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, will arrive on newsstands Aug. 24.
The Kiplinger's magazine, already on newsstands, included UW-Eau Claire in its story titled "State Universities to Cheer About." Nearly 600 public universities were looked at as part of its study before the list was pared down to the final 100.
The study looked at in-state and out-of-state costs, four- and six-year graduation rates, student retention rates, incoming freshmen SAT and ACT scores and financial aid.
UW-Eau Claire also got additional points from the magazine for having an enrollment of fewer than 10,000 undergraduate students, something the magazine said typically means more individual attention for students.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: August 24, 1998