|Volume 5 Issue # 5|
|Monday, October 21, 2002
I am proud of our rankings in the 2003 publication. Being ranked as a top-tier university, for the 4th consecutive year, is a tribute to Ozarks, our students, faculty, and staff. That ranking is a campus-wide achievement.
U.S. News & World Report lists us as the #1 BEST VALUE among comprehensive bachelor degree campuses in the South. That ranking compares a universitys cost of education to its educational quality and excellence. Our students are receiving the best education possible at the most reasonable price. In addition, Ozarks is listed as a university where students graduate with the least amount of debt. I am proud of that as well.
Very few universities have the distinction of being named #1 in anything, and only 25% of all campuses nationwide are ranked in the top-tier. Many universities and their presidents are now looking up at Ozarks. And, you know what, I really like that because I have spent most of my life looking up at others. But not today!
Yes, smugness is occasionally justifiable.
Dr. Rick Niece
Public Relations Office,