CLARKSVILLE, Ark. ---For the second consecutive year University of the Ozarks has been ranked in the top tier of Best Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report in its 2001 guide to colleges and universities.
Ozarks was also ranked as the fourth-best value among the 131 colleges and universities in the Southern Liberal Arts Colleges category. In its annual America’s Best Colleges edition, which is scheduled to hit the newsstands Monday, U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 1,400 schools nationally based on such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Ozarks once again was ranked in the 31-school top tier of Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South. U.S. News ranks the colleges and universities in tiers, with the top 25 percent of the schools in each category placed in the top tier. "One of the campus-wide goals we set three years ago was to increase our reputation and people’s awareness of us regionally and nationally," U of O President Dr. Rick Niece said. "Being ranked as a top tier university for the second consecutive year indicates that we are well on the way to achieving that status. I continue to be extremely proud of Ozarks and our exceptional progress." In the Best Values category, Ozarks ranked fourth in the south behind Mississippi University for Women, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. The value rankings relate the cost of attending a college or university to its quality, according to the magazine’s ranking system.