9/9/2004

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Forbes magazine ranks KU one of the top 10 'IQ Campuses'

LAWRENCE -- Forbes magazine recently listed the University of Kansas as one of the top 10 "IQ Campuses" in the nation.

The ranking was compiled by Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher and columnist. It appears in his new book, "Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness." The top "IQ Campuses" ranking was part of a larger list complied by Karlgaard of "60 Cheap Places to Live."

Karlgaard writes that the "real juice" in Lawrence is the KU Center for Research, which specializes in life-sciences technology. The respected research facility has attracted substantial federal research dollars since the mid-1990s.

"The Forbes ranking is a nice acknowledgment of the quality and importance of the research being conducted at KU," said James Roberts, vice provost for research and KUCR's president.

KU increased its research expenditures from funding sources outside the university to $165 million in fiscal year 2003 from $148 million in FY 2002. Such funding was only $69 million in FY 1993.

Universities made the list because of their strong engineering and science departments, according to Karlgaard. In addition, the universities' hometowns have affordable housing. Lawrence is listed with a metro population of 100,000 and housing value of $218,000 for a "median professional-class home." Karlgaard defined such a home as having 2,500 square feet on a quarter-acre lot, possessing new amenities and being located in a nice neighborhood.

KU joins such other top "IQ Campuses" as the University of Iowa, Iowa City; the State University of New York, Albany; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The complete list can be viewed at www.forbes.com/bestplaces/2004/08/11/cz_rk_campus.html

In a previous list, Forbes ranked Lawrence No. 6 of 168 "Best Small Places" to live, citing the city's educated workforce, future growth and low cost of doing business.

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