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USNews Rankings 2010, Minnesota at 61, tied for sixth in BigTen

From USNews:

Public BigTen Schools

1. Michigan 27 (US News rank)

2. Wisconsin 39
2. Illinois 39

4. Penn State 47

5. Ohio State 53

6. Minnesota 61
6. Purdue 61

8. Indiana 71
8. Iowa 71
8. Michigan State 71

For comparison with last year

26 Michigan
35 Wisconsin
40 Illinois
47 Penn State
56 Ohio State

61 Minnesota

66 Purdue
66 Iowa
71 Indiana
71 Michigan State

The most notable change is the Purdue/Iowa split, with Purdue moving up five slots to be tied with us, and Iowa moving down five to join Indiana and Michigan State.

The obvious question is: Why don't we seek to be one of the best public schools in the BigTen? We are still in the bottom half after several years of hubris from Morrill, e.g.,

"Starting in 2004, the University began the first comprehensive strategic planning process it had undergone in almost 15 years. Under the leadership of Provost Sullivan, the University community articulated an ambitious aspiration for the University--to be one of the top three public research universities in the world [sic] within a decade."

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