UW ranked a best buy

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Todd Finkelmeyer, who I realize has started to update the Cap Times higher ed blog, brought this piece of good news to the UW community:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is ranked as one of the best values in public education according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

For in-state students, UW-Madison ranked 14th on the website’s list of the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2010.” It is the highest-ranked Big Ten Conference institution.

UW-Madison is ranked 15th for out-of-state students.

Any money on the first legislator to put out a press release lauding the recognition as evidence that no more public money is needed for UW? As Finkelmeyer points out, awards are exploited to send the university in the opposite direction.
But in the future, don’t be stunned if rankings like these are used by cash-strapped administrators to argue that tuition at Wisconsin’s flagship university is too low.
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