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WMU gets top-10 ranking for sexual health practices

Sept. 26, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University ranked seventh in the nation and first among Michigan universities in a recent national rating of schools with the best sexual-health practices and education programs.

"Our high ranking in the survey is undoubtedly a result of our longstanding reputation for developing innovative programs in matters of student health," says Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "In terms of promoting sexual health, we have outreach and education programs that have been highly successful for many years and have become models for other universities."

Included in the survey were 139 major universities, representing all 50 states. Schools were evaluated on a wide range of criteria: sexual health awareness programs; availability of HIV testing; other sexually transmitted infection testing; condom and contraception availability; student health center hours of operation; drop-in versus appointment-based health service; navigability and usability of Web-based sexual health information; anonymous advice newspaper columns; lecture outreach programs; student peer groups; and sexual assault education programs.

The top 10 universities in the survey are:

1. University of Minnesota
2. University of Wyoming
3. University of Washington
4. Rutgers University
5. Purdue University
6. University of South Carolina
7. Western Michigan University
8. University of Nebraska
9. East Carolina University
10. Harvard University

Other Michigan schools included in the survey and their rankings are: Central Michigan University, ranked 20th; University of Michigan, 23rd; Eastern Michigan University, 67th; and Michigan State University, 75th.

The annual survey is sponsored by Trojan Brand Condoms and was conducted this year by an independent research firm, Sperling's BestPlaces.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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