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U. of I. comes out on top of sexual health report card

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Updated: November 25, 2012 11:36AM

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is on top, and DePaul University is no longer on the bottom.

U. of I. beat out 140 major universities to take the top spot in the seventh annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card.

Illinois moved up from second in last year’s report card, a survey sponsored by the condom maker and conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces. Illinois dethroned Columbia University in this year’s rankings.

DePaul, the school that finished dead last in 2011, moved up to 114th.

“The Illini fought their way to the top, excelling in almost every category,” said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “From providing quality lecture and outreach programs to the impressive sexual health information available on the website, the campus serves as an impressive model for schools around the country.”

Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the campus’ McKinley Health Center, joked: “We’re trying to remain dignified. ... We’re always pleased when people think we’re doing a good job.”

Palinkas said he was a bit surprised by the ranking, given that the university hasn’t changed its approach to handling sexual health issues in recent years.

“Probably it’s that we do a better job of articulating what services are available, which propelled us to our current position,” he said.

To put together their rankings, Sperling’s researchers collected data from student health center workers and also interviewed students. Health centers were graded on such things as hours of operation, contraceptive availability, overall website usability and quality.

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