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Tip Sheet for the week of Jan. 10, 2011

RELEASED: Jan.10, 2011

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has again named UW-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. The 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 quality education offered at UW-Eau Claire. 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.

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Directors of a popular summer youth program offered for 30 years on the UW-Eau Claire campus are again undertaking a fundraising effort to keep the program alive. The Wisconsin Youth Success Program (formerly the National Youth Sports Program and later the Wisconsin Youth Sports Program), is a free five-week summer camp that has served more than 11,400 Chippewa Valley youth over three decades. It must raise about $11,000 by Feb. 15 if it is to operate in summer 2011. Each summer WYSP, run by University Recreation & Sport Facilities staff, has provided more than 400 area youth ages 10-16 with opportunities to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. Each day of camp, participants who live in the Eau Claire and Altoona school districts receive free transportation to and from camp, as well as two federally subsidized meals on site. Federal funding for the award-winning program was eliminated in 2007, but UW-Eau Claire continued it. WYSP has since relied on community partnerships and private funding for support. Vicki Funne Reed, director of University Recreation & Sport Facilities, and Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director, are available to talk about WYSP and its impact on thousands of Chippewa Valley youth, as well as its funding needs. Contact Reed at 715-836-4931 or reedvf@uwec.edu, or Schuetz at 715-836-2400 or schuetlm@uwec.edu.

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UW-Eau Claire received higher positive responses than both the UW System and national median responses to several questions in a recent national survey of young university alumni (ages 25-39). The survey, conducted by the American Council on Education, asked 400 alumni from each participating institution about their educational experiences and their overall view of American colleges and universities. Eleven UW System institutions participated in the survey. For comments on UW-Eau Claire alumni responses, contact Mike Rindo, executive director of University Communications, at 715-836-4742.

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