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U.S. News ranks UW-Eau Claire among top five public universities in the Midwest

RELEASED: Aug. 17, 2010

Seal of ExcellenceEAU 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 2011 edition of "America's Best Colleges" ranks UW-Eau Claire No. 5 among the top regional public universities in the Midwest and 24th among all private and public institutions in the Midwest. The publication has ranked UW-Eau Claire among the top public institutions in the Midwest every year since 1995.

Among the U.S. News-ranked regional universities, UW-Eau Claire also is recognized as one of 12 Midwestern universities whose faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and one of 33 Midwestern "A-Plus Schools for B Students."

"To again be recognized among the top public universities in the Midwest is a reflection of the incredible commitment to academic excellence at UW-Eau Claire," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "Our high ranking year after year — as well as our recognition this year for outstanding teaching and for our focus on seeking a broad, engaged student body — speaks to the high caliber of faculty and students at UW-Eau Claire. Our faculty and staff truly live our mission to provide a student-centered approach to learning, and this recognition honors that important work."

U.S. News & World Report ranks UW-Eau Claire in the "Regional Universities" 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 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 said the high U.S. News & World Report ranking — as well as recent inclusion 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" — reflect well on UW-Eau Claire's efforts to provide high-impact opportunities such as student/faculty collaborative research, multicultural immersion experiences, civic engagement and professional internships.

"These opportunities are attractive to students seeking a meaningful, transformative education," he said. "All of our recent recognitions attest to the high quality of a UW-Eau Claire education for current students and get the message to employers and others that our alumni have had one of the best educational experiences available in the Midwest."

The U.S. News & World Report rankings will be included in the magazine's college guidebook, "America's Best Colleges." Many of the rankings also will be included in the September issue of the magazine, available at newsstands Aug. 31. Many rankings also can be found on the U.S. News website.

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