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U.S. News Again Ranks UW-Eau Claire Among
Top Five Public Universities in the Midwest

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2008

US News America's Best Colleges EAU CLAIRE — U.S. News & World Report magazine has again named the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire among the best public regional universities in the Midwest.

The 2009 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 4 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 26th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest.

The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top five public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995.

"The student-centered focus of the faculty and staff, opportunities for undergraduate research, and an advanced linkage of learning and applying learning at UW-Eau Claire continues to result in U.S. News and other prestigious publications ranking our university among the best in the nation," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "Providing students with a kind of transformative learning that is rare in public higher education is a commitment that's lived day in and day out on this campus, and we continue to attract bright, ambitious students who want to be a part of that."

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in what is known as the "Best Universities-Master's" category. The category's Midwest region includes schools in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas in the west to Missouri in the south and Ohio in the east. Public and private universities included in this category provide undergraduate- and master's-level programs, and typically draw students from surrounding states.

The regional rankings include 572 schools in four geographic areas (North, South, Midwest and West). The rankings reflect how schools compare on a set of 15 indicators that have traditionally been used by U.S. News & World Report to compare colleges and universities across the nation. Those indicators include things such as academic reputation, faculty-student ratio, class sizes, freshmen high school class ranking and ACT scores, graduation and freshman retention rates, and alumni giving.

Levin-Stankevich noted that in recent months UW-Eau Claire also was included in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list and in The Princeton Review's list of "Best Midwestern Colleges." Such national recognitions add value to a degree from UW-Eau Claire, he said.

"The rankings tell employers and others our alumni have had one of the best educational experiences available in the Midwest," Levin-Stankevich said.

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 Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine, available at newsstands Aug. 25. Many rankings also can be found on the U.S. News Web site.

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