August 18, 2004
UW-RF Ranked Among Top Public Universities in the Midwest
UW-River Falls has been recognized as one of the top public universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The ranking was included in the 2005 America's Best Colleges Guide, which was released Friday by the national news magazine.
Interim Chancellor Virgil Nylander welcomed the evaluation as an important endorsement of the quality of UW-RF. "There are numerous surveys and rankings of higher education institutions in the United States. Of these, U.S. News and World Report generates the greatest attention. Their appraisal of the quality and value of UW-River Falls is on target.
"Their assessment will help us as we recruit students, faculty and staff. It's also of tremendous consequence regionally to showcase UW-RF for the quality of its students as future employees and our faculty as consulting experts as we work with local government and economic development organizations to recruit and expand high-paying industries to the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin.
"We've always known that UW-River Falls is an exceptional place," Nylander said. "It's great that what we have known for quite some time is being shared nationally by a prominent news organization."
U.S. News relies on a wide range of criteria to arrive at its rankings system. These include peer assessment of academic reputation through the voting of university presidents and admissions officers, retention of students, graduation rates, faculty resources, class sizes, student selectivity, academic resources, and alumni giving.
UW-RF's ranking as a top public institution was among all public master's universities in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
UW-RF also was ranked in the top tier of all public and private bachelor's and master's colleges and universities in the Midwest.
Twelve institutions were included in the list of top public universities in the Midwest, including five from the University of Wisconsin System.
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