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Media Memo: Response to ACTA 'F' rating

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Mike Rindo, Executive Director of University Communications 

DATE: Sept. 3, 2010         

SUBJECT: Response to ACTA 'F' rating

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has recently become aware of reporting about an "F" grade assigned to the university by the non-profit organization American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The organization included UW-Eau Claire in its recent ratings of liberal arts colleges and universities based on whether the institutions require students to take courses in seven subject areas.

The information about UW-Eau Claire put out by the ACTA is highly inaccurate.

  • ACTA never contacted UW-Eau Claire to determine what courses the university does or does not require. The rating is solely based on the ACTA's interpretation of requirements in UW-Eau Claire's online catalog and other data.
  • ACTA arbitrarily created the criteria it used to rate universities. Those criteria are based only on ACTA's perspective and priorities.
  • Contrary to what the ACTA's ratings state, UW-Eau Claire does require, for example, composition, foreign language, mathematics, science and literature as part of its liberal arts education.

"Our liberal arts education is considered exemplary and is taught by regionally and nationally recognized faculty," said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "Furthermore, as is well known, UW-Eau Claire receives high marks in the most widely recognized and respected rankings, as well as from our peers and national accrediting agencies."

For additional information contact Mike Rindo, executive director of communications, at rindomj@uwec.edu, 715-836-4742 or 715-210-0339.

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