• Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, was
ranked No. 1 on a list of Midwest comprehensive colleges in the "Great
Schools, Great Prices" category in U.S. News and World Report's 2005
college rankings. With 71 percent of students graduating in six years
or less, Wartburg was the only Iowa school listed in the category of
Midwest comprehensive colleges with the highest graduation rates.
• "Green" is the word for students at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., thanks to three environmentally friendly grants. The college received a $1.5 million grant from Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund for a wind turbine, a $500,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant for a "greener" chemistry curriculum and a $98,000 Kresge Foundation grant for a more environmentally friendly science building. The wind turbine will reduce St. Olaf's electricity costs by one-third and its carbon output by one-fourth. Green chemistry uses cutting-edge technology to minimize the environmental impact of chemical processes, manufacturing and waste.
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