Volume 4  Issue # 4
Monday, October 8, 2001

The President's Post
    I always try my best not to get caught up in the hype
of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” ratings. And, for the most part, it is purely hype. However (and that is a big however), that ranking is the only national and campus comparison of its kind. People pay attention to it, and so do I.
   For the third consecutive year, Ozarks is ranked as a “first-tier” university in the South. That in itself is a marvelous achievement. There are 104 institutions in our category — Comprehensive Bachelor’s Degree College — and we moved up from a ranking of 26th last year to 12th this year. That is an impressive leap. The Comprehensive Bachelor’s Degree category includes institutions that focus primarily on undergraduate education and offer a variety of degree programs in the liberal arts as well as in professional fields.
   Even more impressive is our ranking as a Best Value. We are now listed as the number two Best Value in the South. That distinction is based upon the quality of education an institution provides in comparison to the cost for that education. Our Ozarks’ education is truly a best value education.
   We are sometimes so close to the action at Ozarks that we lose sight of everthing we are doing well on this campus. But others are noticing, and we are finally being recognized throughout the state, region, and nation. Our reputation is catching up with our performance. And our performance and reputation are truly extraordinary.


Dr. Rick Niece
President

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