Volume 5  Issue # 13
Monday, March 10, 2003

The President's Post
    We recently conducted our sixth annual “Student Open Forum” where we presented next year’s budget and explained the increases in tuition, room, board, and fees. After answering questions about the budget, we asked for general comments/concerns about the campus from the student perspective. We listened carefully to the students’ questions and suggestions, and we will become an even better campus because of what we heard and learned.
   Subjects discussed ranged from academic majors to campus facilities to food service to landscaping and grounds. I am always impressed by our students and their depth of insight and understanding. That is one reason I feel comfortable in sharing sensitive information with them. I do not know of another campus that has an open forum of this nature in which copies of the budget are distributed directly to students. I also do not know of many other campuses that allow students to be active members of the budget-building team.
   I am proud that we remain open and honest with our students at Ozarks, and I am pleased that they appreciate our faith in them. Openness and direct participation in major decision-making are primary reasons for our continued success. My thanks to Taylor Dodds, SGA president, and Park Carter, SGA vice president, for organizing the forum. The two of them are doing an exceptional job of representing the student body and working with the administration. As students, your voice is being heard and respected.

Dr. Rick Niece
President.



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