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Nov. 4, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Conservative college guide book lauds KU as 'one of the best'

LAWRENCE -- A college guide book for conservatives that promotes a vigorous education in the classics and humanities lauds the University of Kansas for offering "one of the best state-school educations now available."

" KU has risen steadily in reputation to become, first, one of the top public universities in the Midwest, and now one of the more highly regarded public schools in the nation," according to the 2006 edition of Choosing the Right College 2006: The Whole Truth about America's Top Schools.

The nearly thousand-page guide features 134 private and public universities "generally considered to be 'America's top schools.' " KU is the only school in Kansas – one of only three in the five-state region – and one of five Big 12 universities featured in the guide. The others are Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Colorado universities.

" It is gratifying that people across the political and philosophical spectrum agree that KU offers a superior education and an engaging environment for learning and discovery," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway.

The guide pays particular attention to "the significant number of worthy courses ... [offered] by serious scholars" in the humanities and also notes the KU Honors Program favorably.

It notes that KU is one of few state universities to maintain a chapel on its campus, adding that "a variety of conservative and not-so conservative Christian student communities thrive here." The guide also mentions Lawrence and the university positively for offering many activities not centered around alcohol consumption.

The book says KU's "greatest weakness" is a dwindling of financial support from the state over the past 30 years.

Other items mentioned in the book include:

-- "KU's limestone campus is truly one of the Midwest's most beautiful."
-- "Crime is relatively infrequent for a school of KU's size."
-- "Tuition at KU is still low, especially if you come from Kansas."
-- "There is room for dissent, complex thinking, and bipartisanship at KU — which is a very good thing."

Choosing the Right College was published by the 52-year-old Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Delaware. Its college guide is praised as "easily the best of the college guides" by the conservative American Spectator magazine. It has received accolades from other commentators including syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger and former Boston University Chancellor John Silber.

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