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UW-Eau Claire Again Ranks in Top Tier
Of Midwest Universities
MAILED: Sept. 13, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in its top tier of universities in the 12-state Midwest region.
"These rankings are increasingly competitive, so we're proud to continuously be ranked in the top tier of Midwest schools," Chancellor Donald Mash said. "Only those schools - public and private - considered by the magazine to be among the top 25 percent of schools in the region are included in the top tier. That the magazine includes UW-Eau Claire among its top universities year after year is a strong testament to the exceptional quality of our university, its faculty, staff and students."
In the magazine's 2003 edition of its annual "America's Best Colleges" guidebook, UW-Eau Claire is ranked No. 4 among the 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.
For its 2003 rankings, U.S. News & World Report places UW-Eau Claire 27th among all regional universities in the top tier of what is called the "Best Universities-Master's" category. Schools included in "Best Universities-Master's" category provide a full range of undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and typically draw students mostly from in the state and surrounding states.
"Earning a degree from a university with a strong national reputation helps current and future students secure quality jobs and/or entry to outstanding graduate programs, and it enhances the value of the degrees held by our alumni," Mash said, noting that the top-tier placement in U.S. News & World Report rankings is just one of many indicators of UW-Eau Claire's strong reputation for excellence. The success of our graduates, and the national awards, honors and grants regularly presented to UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are examples of other measures of the university's reputation for excellence, he said.
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, 572 universities-master's were ranked within four geographic areas (North, South, Midwest and West). U.S. News & World Report compares things such as academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, freshman class rank, 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 a survey of presidents, provosts and deans of admissions at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. UW-Eau Claire's small class sizes, commitment to hiring full-time faculty and freshman retention rates also were among the university's strengths as identified in the rankings.
While not included in its official rankings, U.S. News & World Report this year also makes note of several academic programs that it believes contribute greatly to student success. Mash said he was pleased that the academic programs singled out by the magazine are the same programs that UW-Eau Claire has long identified as being important to its students.
Among the academic programs noted by the magazine are internships, senior capstone and first-year experiences, undergraduate research, study abroad and service learning.
"The programs they identify as important to student success mirror UW-Eau Claire's Marks of Excellence - or those things that we regularly point to when describing what sets us apart from other universities," Mash said. "For example, we have outstanding study abroad programs and our undergraduate students regularly have research opportunities often available only at large graduate institutions."
The top five public regional universities in the Midwest as ranked by U.S. News & World Report are Truman State of Missouri, Northern Iowa University, UW-La Crosse, UW-Eau Claire and Eastern Illinois University.
All 2003 U.S. News & World Report college rankings will be included in its college guidebook, "America's Best Colleges," which goes on sale Sept. 16. Many of the rankings also will be included in the Sept. 23 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which will be on newsstands Sept. 16. The rankings also can be found on U.S. News' Web site.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: September 13, 2002