WRITER: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
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Release: August 7, 2002
UI the 'Best Buy' in Iowa says new Fiske college guide
in the face of double-digit tuition increases, the University of Iowa offers
a high-quality education at an affordable price, according to The Fiske Guide
to Colleges 2003. For the second year in a row, the UI is the only Iowa institution
on the Fiske list of 43 "Best Buy" colleges and universities, which
are selected based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to
the cost of attendance.
The Fiske Guide, edited by Ted Fiske, former New York Times education editor,
does not rank universities numerically, but assesses the strengths and weaknesses
of some 300 of the top colleges and universities in the United States and
Canada in terms of academic strength, social life, and overall quality of
The guide calls the UI "one of the most dynamic schools in the country,"
and says the wide range of strengths, from creative writing to the health
sciences, attracts students to "this budget Ivy League."
"The University of Iowa not only boasts a beautiful campus with many
improvements on the way, it offers its students a seemingly endless range
of academic programs, an abundance of social activities, and a friendly, welcoming
climate," the guide says. "With its combination of quality academics,
mammoth resources, renowned specialty programs, and extensive research opportunities,
this Midwest school is anything but faceless."
Lola Lopes, associate provost for undergraduate education, said that earning
the "Best Buy" designation shows that the UI has maintained all
the right priorities during a difficult budget year.
"All along we have remained absolutely committed to undergraduate education,
including our four-year graduation guarantee," she said. "We have
instituted a major project focused on student writing across the undergraduate
curriculum, and we have established learning communities for students in a
broad range of majors from engineering to the performing arts."
Lopes added that Fiske's recognition of the broad scope of academic opportunities
at the UI for such a low cost would bolster the university's message that
despite budget difficulties, the UI is committed to keeping quality education
accessible to all Iowans.