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Kiplinger's Magazine Calls UW-Eau Claire
One of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

RELEASED: Jan. 16, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again included the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among its 100 best values in public colleges.

UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th in the magazine's 2007 rankings, which are published in the magazine's February issue. UW-Eau Claire was ranked 69th in the magazine's 2006 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list.

"In Kiplinger's exclusive rankings, we give you the top 100 public schools that, in our judgment, combine outstanding value with a first-class education," the magazine states. "Regardless of their rank, the institutions on our list represent an amazing diversity of size, style and opportunity."

UW-Eau Claire has long enjoyed a national reputation for academic excellence, said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich.

"What's special about these rankings is that they recognize the quality of education at UW-Eau Claire and also acknowledge that we're providing that first-class education at a price that students can afford," said Levin-Stankevich. "To make the list, institutions must offer top-notch academics at affordable prices."

Protecting the quality of UW-Eau Claire's academic programs has been the top priority as the university has faced unprecedented budget cuts in recent years, Levin-Stankevich said. But to maintain its academic quality, UW-Eau Claire has had to increase tuition, he said.

"I'm encouraged that while students are paying more, Kiplinger's has found they're still getting a great value for their tuition dollars," Levin-Stankevich said.

Kiplinger's bases its college rankings on a combination of outstanding academic quality plus an affordable price, the magazine reports. Data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country are reviewed. Researchers narrow the list by using several measures of academic quality, including the percentage of the freshman class ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and graduation rates.

The magazine then ranks each school based on cost and financial aid. Researchers look at total cost for in-state students (tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and estimated expenses for books); the average cost for a student with need after subtracting grants (but not loans); the average cost of a student without need after subtracting non-need-based grants; the average percentage of need met by aid; and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation.

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