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U of M in top 3 in research

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second consecutive year, the University of Minnesota has been named one of the top three public research universities in the country, according to a University of Florida study.

The 2002 "Top American Research Universities" study groups the university with the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as public schools that bested institutions such as Yale, Princeton and the University of Chicago in the rankings when statistics for research universities are the measure.

"We're absolutely delighted to be recognized in this way again," said Christine Maziar, university executive vice president and provost. "It captures the breadth of the institution's mission and research and education and outreach."

For the first time, the University of Minnesota also ranks 10th when private colleges are thrown into the mix.

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The 177-page report rates schools in categories that include research monies, private support, faculty quality, advanced training and undergraduate quality. The nine measures were developed by Florida researchers partly as a response to magazine rankings that academics feel slight large public research institutions.

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