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Kiplinger's again ranks UW-Eau Claire among top 100 best values

RELEASED: Jan. 6, 2011

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

In Kiplinger's 2010-11 "100 Best Values in Public Colleges," UW-Eau Claire is ranked 68th for in-state students and 69th for out-of-state students. The rankings are based on academic quality, overall costs and financial aid availability.

"This ranking reinforces earlier studies by the College Board and U.S. News and World Report citing the affordability of and access for low-income families to the extraordinary education offered here at UW-Eau Claire," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "Our deeply committed faculty and staff offer both classroom and experiential learning opportunities that prepare the accomplished graduates that Wisconsin needs to be globally competitive. The Kiplinger's recognition demonstrates our success in cost-effectively meeting the challenges to higher education laid out in the recent 'Be Bold Wisconsin' study."

The "Be Bold Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Prosperity Strategy" report, sponsored by several Wisconsin economic development organizations, calls on universities to ensure its graduates are prepared to contribute in meaningful ways to the state's future economic prosperity.

To create its current top 100 list, Kiplinger's reviewed data from more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities throughout the country. It narrowed the list based on measures of academic quality, including things like ACT scores, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios. It then ranked schools on costs and financial aid. Academic quality carried more weight than costs, according to the magazine.

Kiplinger's has consistently included UW-Eau Claire in its rankings of top-value colleges and universities for nearly 15 years.

In its February issue, Kiplinger's notes that nationwide the climate for higher education is challenging as states cut funding for colleges and universities by tens of millions of dollars. Included on its top 100 list are schools that "deliver a stellar education at an affordable price" despite shrinking budgets, the magazine states.

"UW-Eau Claire has earned its place on the Kiplinger's list by taking steps to keep costs affordable, while also continuing to enhance the quality of its programs," Levin-Stankevich said. "We are providing students with a fairly priced, rigorous degree that offers them the high-value experiences that will enhance their careers and their lives."

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