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Kiplinger's Ranks UW-Eau Claire Among the Best Values in Public Colleges

RELEASED: Nov. 4, 2008

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

In Kiplinger's national 2008-09 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 65th for in-state students and 63rd in best value for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

"These rankings continue to demonstrate the excellent reputation of UW-Eau Claire for providing an extraordinary education at very affordable costs," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "In the economy of today and into the future, those college graduates will be best prepared who are able to transition between many careers over a lifetime. This adaptability and flexibility is achieved through a sound liberal education, experiential learning opportunities and developing a passion for both a field of study and for learning. These are the hallmarks of a UW-Eau Claire degree."

UW-Eau Claire enjoys a national reputation for academic quality thanks to a deeply committed faculty and staff who offer challenging classroom instruction as well as meaningful out-of-the-classroom experiences, Levin-Stankevich said. For example, many students work closely with faculty on complex research, use state-of-the-art equipment, study abroad, complete internships and perform community service, he said.

"All of those things add great value to our students' overall undergraduate experience," Levin-Stankevich said. "These are the things that make our graduates stand out when they apply for jobs or to graduate schools."

The university has taken a number of steps to ensure these programs continue while keeping costs affordable, Levin-Stankevich said. For example, the university has created a detailed strategic plan to help it identify funding priorities, earmarked for student scholarships much of the $54 million raised through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's recently completed fundraising campaign and supported faculty who pursue external funding for their research or equipment, he said.

Still — to maintain quality and offset the limits of state support — UW-Eau Claire and other UW campuses have had to increase tuition, Levin-Stankevich said. Yet even with these increases, tuition at UW campuses has remained among the most affordable in public higher education across the Midwest, he said.

To create its top 100 lists, Kiplinger's reviews data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. UW-Eau Claire is one of just three Wisconsin public schools on the business publication's best values list.

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