Campus News

  • MALVERN, AR— At a special called meeting Thursday evening, College of the Ouachitas Board of Trustees announced Dr. J. Barry Ballard, a veteran community college administrator, as the College’s Interim President.
    Dr. Ballard began his new position as Interim President Friday, January 15.  He succeeds Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker who announced his resignation in June 2015.

    Dr. Ballard previously served as the College’s President from 2000 to 2011.  At the end of the special called meeting, Dr. Ballard addressed the Board and the crowd of COTO employees.  He stated that he was excited for the opportunity to help the College with its search for a president.  Dr. Ballard demonstrated a clear vision and plan for filling the position.  He indicated the importance the College employees will have in the process, as well as the students, community representatives, and representatives from business and industry. 

    Dr. Ballard’s strong passion and sincerity for College of the Ouachitas was evident as he shared with the Board and audience how serving as the President at the College for eleven years was the best and most satisfying job he had ever had.  He also shared that he had never worked with a better group of dedicated, competent professionals as those at COTO.

    Ballard’s contract will be for a maximum of 6 months.  Ballard will address College faculty and staff at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning during the College’s Spring Gathering.

  • Did you get the text/call/email?? College of the Ouachitas sent out a TEST of the Emergency Notification System between 12:30-1:00 today, January 13.  If you DID NOT, sign up NOW by following this link:
    As a reminder, in the event of an emergency closing College of the Ouachitas will send emergency notifications in the following formats:  text, phone call, email, and postings on Facebook, Twitter, and  Notifications will also be sent to the Little Rock television stations and local radio stations of the emergency status. If there is no announcement, individuals should assume the College is open. The decision will be made AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE in each case.
    Should a closing be weather related, keep in mind that College of the Ouachitas is a commuter campus and areas potentially affected by the weather could vary.     While it may be unsafe to travel in certain areas, it may be perfectly fine in others.  In cases where the college remains open, individuals should assess weather conditions in their own areas and plan accordingly.

  • With the weather finally reaching its normal temperatures for this time of year, the threat of Inclement Weather is a possibility.  If the College is forced to close due to weather conditions, the employees and students will be notified through the Emergency Notification System.
    >>>A TEST of this system will be conducted on Wednesday, January 13, during the noon hour.<<<
    It is each employee and student’s responsibility to be certain that their own information (phone number for texts/calls and email addresses for email messaging) is correct in the system.  Simply follow the link below for step by step instructions. If you have questions, you may contact the COTO Help Desk at 332-0285. 

    The decision will be made AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE in each case.  If the College remains open but there are students and employees that live in areas that have been impacted greater by weather conditions, they should use their own judgment before travelling the roads to attend class or come to work.

  • College of the Ouachitas wants to welcome you to Spring classes for 2016. We want to remind you that either a payment or your financial aid needs to be completed and showing on your account before January 8, 2016. If you have made a payment plan, we still need a payment on your account by this date. Otherwise, you risk the chance of losing your classes. Classes start Monday, January 11, 2016.

    The Business Office offers a payment plan. Payments are divided into three payments for spring classes. We charge a $35 finance fee (non-refundable) for this service. You may also make payments online through your self-service account. Be sure to review your self-service account to verify all payments have been applied and all charges are correct. Contact the Business Office at 501.332.0237 to make payment arrangements or if you have questions regarding your student account.

  • College of the Ouachitas will be closed December 21, 2015 - January 1, 2016.

    Campus will reopen January 4, 2016.

    Spring 2016 classes begin January 11, 2016.

  • College of the Ouachitas Bookstore BOOK BUY BACK will begin on December 8th, 12:00pm - 4:00pm.  On December 9th and 10th you will be be able to sell your books back during the hours of 9:00am until 6:00pm. Note: If you have rental books, please be sure to return them by December 11th to the counter (not the buy back table) at the bookstore.

  • Financial Aid offices are closed on Wednesdays to process aid.  They are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

  • LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has announced projects selected by members of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to receive Regional Workforce Planning Grants under the Workforce Initiative Act of 2015 (Act 1131 of 2015).  Institutions were notified of the awards on September 30, with the following projects approved for funding:

    •   Arkansas State University Mid-South: Arkansas Delta Accelerating Pathways Together (ADAPT)
    •   Arkansas State University - Mountain Home: Creating a Talent Pipeline to Advanced Manufacturing
    •   Arkansas State University - Mountain Home: Programming/Mobile Application Development
    •   Arkansas State University – Newport: Northeast Arkansas Educating Agriculture Technology (EAT)
    •   Arkansas Tech University Ozarks: Arkansas Tech University Career Training Alliance
    •   Black River Technical College: Training Tomorrow’s Workers Today
    •   Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas – Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership: Building the Pipeline
    •   College of the Ouachitas: High School Pre-Apprenticeship Career Pathways
    •   North Arkansas College: Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Clinical Healthcare Workforce Initiative
    •   National Park College: Innovative Technologies Center of Excellence
    •   Northwest Arkansas Community College: Regional Construction Technology Pathway
    •   Philander Smith College: Central Arkansas Center for Workforce Innovation and Strategic Economic Public Private Partnerships (WISE P3)
    •   Rich Mountain Community College: Expanding Workforce Programs in Rural Arkansas
    •   Southern Arkansas University Tech: Aerospace Defense Sector Certification Pathways Planning Grant
    •   South Arkansas Community College: Futures in Information Technology (FIT)
    •   University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton: University of Arkansas Workforce Alliance
    •   University of Arkansas Fayetteville: IT Readiness
    •   University of Arkansas Fort Smith:  Data Analytics Academy
    •   University of Arkansas Fort Smith: Automation Academy
    •   University of Arkansas at Monticello: Workforce Alliance of Southeast Arkansas
    •   University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: Jefferson STEM Work Initiative

    Projects were awarded based on how well they met several core requirements built around career and technical education pathways for students and how well they convey four critical elements of their planning strategy, including program need, program plan, strength of community partnerships and a budget plan.

    The Regional Workforce Grants will be implemented in three stages. These projects that have been awarded planning grants will be eligible to apply for Implementation Grants in June of 2016 and Continuation Grants in 2018.

    The Regional Workforce Grant Program seeks to create a statewide, comprehensive structure enabling students in Arkansas universities, community colleges and secondary centers to participate in career and technical education programs developed with input from area employers and address critical workforce skills gaps.

    The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet is comprised of representatives from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, the Arkansas Department of Career Education and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

    Grant funds are expected to be distributed later this month.

    The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the AHECB, reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities.

    In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $150 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds. For more information, visit


  • Former Malvern, Arkansas, Resident & Leading Actress in more than 150 films and TV shows, Julie Adams, will return to her former hometown...

    September 17:  12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
    Book Reading/Book Signing at 
    College of the Ouachitas Library.
        Julie will be reading from her book:  The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon; 
    This story traces the remarkable life and career of Julie Adams, told in her own words. 

    September 18 and 19:  7:30 p.m.
    Movie Screening of Creature from the  Black Lagoon, Ritz Theatre.

        The Ritz will open at 6:00 p.m. for Book Signing.

    September 20:  2:30 p.m.
    Movie Screenings of Tickle Me and Bend of the River, Ritz Theatre, Donations Accepted.

        The Ritz will open at 1:00 p.m. for Book Signing.

    To Pre-Order Books or Tickets, visit:


    Click here to read the Press Release


    All events are co-hosted by College of the Ouachitas and The Ritz Theatre


  • Orientation is a requirement for NEW or Transfer students. If you were unable to attend the Orientation before school started this semester, you must attend a Make-Up Orientation on either September 9 or September 10, at 12:15pm in the Great Room (A300).