Volume 3   Issue # 11
Monday, February 19, 2001

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The President's Post

  
   Recently, two significant events occurred at Ozarks: the Board of Trustee Retreat and the student forum to present the 2001-2002 budget. The BOT Retreat was conducted on campus this year so that we could include more faculty, staff, and students in the discussions. As we are beginning to organize our next Strategic Plan and preparing for the upcoming North Central evaluation, we want to involve as many people as possible. Planning for the future and maintaining a focused vision are demanding and time-consuming tasks, and your assistance is essential. I will keep you updated on our progress. And wasn’t it great to have Mrs. Helen Walton back on campus for the Board meeting? Her presence is always a blessing, and I know she enjoyed seeing students and her many friends.

   The second important event was the student forum. For the past three years we have included a number of faculty, staff, students, and administrators in the budget building process. Because of the insights and advice of a variety of campus people, the budgets are more realistic and financially sound. For the fourth consecutive year, our budget will be balanced. My sincere appreciation is extended to the students for attending the forum and for their challenging questions.You always make us think!

   The combined tuition, room, board, and fees increase is a modest 3.49% for students returning to Ozarks next year. The total cost for returning students will be $13,645. That equates to an out-of-pocket increase of $460. Our goal was to keep the rate at the level of inflation, and we are right on target. A big thank you to Mr. John Jones, Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs, for organizing and leading the campus budget committee.


Dr. Rick Niece
President



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