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UW-Eau Claire Ranks Among
Top Three In Midwest
MAILED: Aug. 20, 1999|
For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has named the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest.
In U.S. News & World Report magazine's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, UW-Eau Claire is ranked No. 3 among Midwestern public regional universities and in the top tier of all regional universities in the Midwest. In a field, which is very competitive, UW-Eau Claire retains the ranking that it has held in each of the last two years.
"It's always great to have external sources reinforce what many people in the Midwest already know that UW-Eau Claire's students receive an outstanding education," Chancellor Donald Mash said of the rankings. "The state of Wisconsin and its citizens are getting a great return on their investment in this university."
Being placed in the top tier in the magazine's rankings means UW-Eau Claire is among the top 25 percent of all regional universities in the Midwest, including public and private schools. The publication defines a regional university as an institution that provides a full range of undergraduate and master's level programs, but offers few, if any, doctoral programs. The regional schools are placed into one of four geographic categories (Midwest, South, North and West) because they primarily draw students from their own region.
The factors used to determine rankings include academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, class size, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, and alumni giving. As in past years, 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 throughout the Midwest.
"This university is well-known and highly respected by academic leaders in this region of the country. Additionally, the university's 24 percent alumni giving rate, which is significantly higher than most other public universities, is an indication of alumni satisfaction with their education and experiences at UW-Eau Claire," Mash said. "Such satisfaction is due to the quality of our faculty and their emphasis on teaching, our rigorous academic programs which provide both career and life skills, our student research opportunities, our service learning and international programs and our living and learning environment which is second to none."
The magazine's rankings 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.
U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual "American's Best Colleges" issue and guidebook, which contains all the university rankings, will arrive on newsstands Aug. 23. The college guidebook, containing rankings for more than 1,400 schools, goes on sale the following day, Aug. 24. The rankings are also published on U.S. News & World Report's Web site, www.usnews.com.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 20, 1999