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Tip Sheet for week of Sept. 16

September 16, 2013

Rankings highlight quality and affordability

UW-Eau Claire recently was recognized by two organizations for providing students with a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Washington Monthly included UW-Eau Claire in its "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings in the master's universities category. UW-Eau Claire was 13th among all universities (12th among public universities). A total of 152 public and private schools were on the list. The new rankings set is based on the economic value students receive per dollar. The goal is to help students identify universities that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, Washington Monthly's 2013 College Guide states., a resource for college affordability and financial aid information, also ranked UW-Eau Claire No. 7 on its list of Wisconsin colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. UW-Eau Claire was ranked third among the public universities on the list. Chancellor James Schmidt has said helping UW-Eau Claire find even more creative ways to contain costs while also protecting both access and quality is among his highest priorities as chancellor. U.S. News& World Report also again included UW-Eau Claire among the top five public universities in the Midwest. This is the 19th consecutive year that the university has been included among the top five universities in the region.

Campus expert on Syria is available to talk with media

Dr. Ali R. Abootalebi, professor of Middle Eastern and global politics, is available to discuss the situation in Syria. Dr. Abootalebi teaches courses on "Politics of the Middle East" and "Arab-Israeli Conflict." He has done research on and taught about Islam and politics, Iran, U.S.-Middle Eastern policy and the global political economy. He is an executive council member of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. You can reach Dr. Abootalebi at 715-836-5969 or

'Wheel Free' authors on campus Thursday

How did Wisconsin become such a great bicycling state? Jesse Gant and Nicholas Hoffman, co-authors of the book "Wheel Fever," will be on campus this week to share how they unearthed the fascinating story behind bicycling in Wisconsin. "Behind the Scenes of Wheel Fever" will begin at noon Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 2022on the second floor of McIntyre Library. Dr. Bob Eierman, professor of chemistry and chair of the City of Eau Claire Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Commission, will introduce the authors. For details, contact Greg Kocken at or 715-836-3873

Quick links

You can find a complete listing of campus events on the UW-Eau Claire website.

For a quick overview of the week ahead, watch the Blugold Minute.

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