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U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks UW-Eau Claire Among the Midwest's Best Public Universities

RELEASED: Aug. 19, 2005

U.S. News Best Colleges badgeEAU CLAIRE — U.S. News & World Report magazine has again recognized the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire as one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest, and it again named UW-Eau Claire's undergraduate research program as one of the best in America.

The 2006 rankings place UW-Eau Claire at No. 5 among top regional public universities and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest, a region that includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south to Ohio in the east.

"The U.S. News & World Report rankings are extremely competitive, so it's satisfying to see that UW-Eau Claire has been near the top of the list every year for more than a decade," said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson. "Our faculty and staff deserve a great deal of credit for helping to build and maintain UW-Eau Claire's national reputation for excellence."

Every year since 1999, UW-Eau Claire has been ranked among the top 30 regional schools (private and public) in the Midwest and among the top five public institutions in the region, the only Wisconsin school to consistently achieve such high placement.

"UW-Eau Claire's specific rankings have varied slightly throughout the years, but the university has always maintained its much-deserved place among the best of the best," Larson said, noting that a year ago the university ranked 20th among all Midwest schools and third among the publics. "Given the complex data analysis U.S. News uses to determine rankings, it's no surprise that there is some variation from year to year. But UW-Eau Claire is always very, very high on the list."

For several years U.S. News & World Report has recognized UW-Eau Claire's faculty-student research program by including it in its "Programs to look for" section, which highlights schools with outstanding examples of co-curricular programs that lead to student success. UW-Eau Claire is one of 36 universities — and one of only 12 public schools — of all sizes from throughout the country to be included in the magazine's "Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects" category. UW-Madison is the only other Wisconsin school included in the list.

"The incredible research opportunities available here set UW-Eau Claire apart from other regional universities," Larson said, noting that UW-Eau Claire undergraduates routinely conduct research that's typically done by graduate students at large research institutions. "Its says a lot that we're a midsize public regional university, yet our research program is recognized along with programs at premier institutions such as UW-Madison, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Duke."

The "Programs to look for" section includes eight programs that enhance learning, including undergraduate research, first-year experiences, internships, senior capstones, learning communities, study abroad, service-learning and writing in the disciplines.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in what is known as the "Best Universities-Masters" category. Public and private schools included in this category provide a full range of undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and typically draw students from their state and surrounding states.

The rankings are based on data collected on more than 1,400 accredited four-year colleges. The regional rankings include 572 schools in 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, and alumni giving.

Rankings will be included in U.S. News & World Report's college guidebook, " America's Best Colleges." Many of the rankings also will be included in the Aug. 29 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, available at newsstands Monday, Aug. 22. Many of the rankings can be found on the U.S. News Web site.

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