Volume 2   Issue # 13
Monday, March 27, 2000

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The President's Post

   During the “Student Open Forum” last month, I had the opportunity to explain our tuition, room, and board increases for next year and to answer a number of student questions. I was able to place our costs at Ozarks in a proper context for students. I wanted to repeat my message for students who were unable to attend the forum and for faculty and staff members.
    The total cost for tuition, room, and board next year will be $13,185, an increase of 5.9 percent. However, because of the “Retention Grant,” the increase for returning students will be only 3.8 percent and that equates to $475 actual out-of-pocket dollars. We currently rank eighth among the 10 private campuses in Arkansas in regards to our cost. That is one list where it is good to be near the bottom! Remember also that U.S. News and World Report ranked Ozarks as the “Third Best Value” in the southern region. That ranking is based on the quality of a university’s education for a tremendous bargain. Our pledge to students is to continue to keep our costs as reasonable as possible.
    Everywhere I speak, I promote the University of the Ozarks as being a top-tier institution with an outstanding faculty and staff and highly motivated, inquisitive students. We provide an exceptional education in a small, safe, Christian, liberal arts environment. And we nurture an atmosphere of genuine caring and concern for others.
    Students invest in us, and they deserve our best effort. I am proud of what we do, and the education we provide.

Dr. Rick Niece
President



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