Campus News

  • Due to the LPN Entrance Exam being given, there will be no Compass test given on June 14, 2013.

  • Thanks for the great story, Josh Berry and KARK TV 4 News!

    http://arkansasmatters.com/arkansasfulltext?nxd_id=665082

  • Book charges to financial aid are now open for Summer I and II. Please make sure you have a schedule and student ID.

  • Textbook buyback will be May 8th & 9th from 9:00am till 6:00pm in the Bookstore. Please have your student ID and all CD's DVD's and supplemental materials purchased with your textbooks.

  • College of the Ouachitas Annual Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, May 3rd, at 6:00pm, at the Malvern Community Center.

    College of the Ouachitas 2013 Graduation will be held Saturday, May 11, at 2:00pm, at the Malvern High School Auditorium.

     

    Graduation Details and Schedule:

    • Graduation Practice: Malvern High School Auditorium, 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 10.
    • Graduation Ceremony: Malvern High School Auditorium, Saturday, May 11, 2:00 p.m. 
                     Graduates should arrive no later than 1:15 p.m. Go directly to the cafeteria to dress and line-up.  
                     Faculty and Staff should arrive no later than 1:30 p.m.

    Diplomas will be mailed about eight to ten weeks following the completion of your course work.  Diploma covers will be given at the graduation ceremony.   

    Reception immediately following the graduation ceremony in Malvern High School Cafeteria.  There is no limit to the number of guests that one may have at the ceremony or at the reception.

    Graduates if you have not done so, go to the COTO web site and complete the graduation survey.  There will be a drawing for a $50.00 gift card. 

    • Honor cords will be presented to honor graduates at the Awards Program on May 3.

    If you have any questions, please call (501) 332-0218 or stop by Linda Johnson's office A100 in Student Affairs.

  • College of the Ouachitas Nursing instructor, Nikki Lackey, has been nominated for Arkansas State Board of Nursing’s 2013 Outstanding Nurse Educator Award. The winner will be announced Saturday, June 8, at Wildwood Park in Little Rock.

  • Your opinions matter to us!  To better serve our students and community, we are asking for feedback from you, our graduates.  Your answers will be summarized and utilized to evaluate and improve learning at College of the Ouachitas.  Thank you for helping us make the College stronger and better.  Please click on this link to complete the survey.

  • College of the Ouachitas is among the 10 best community colleges in the nation, representatives for the Aspen Institute said recently.
    Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, College of the Ouachitas’ President, was presented the prestigious award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  College of the Ouachitas was the only Arkansas college to be recognized as a top 10 finalist.

    The Aspen Prize College Excellence Program was designed to recognize community colleges with strong records of preparing students for jobs or transfer to four-year colleges, as well as attracting and graduating low-income and minority students. The Aspen Institute is an educational studies organization based in Washington, D.C.  Since 2011, the institute has awarded an annual prize for Community College Excellence to a community college that provides students with the highest level of skills and best outcomes for jobs.

    The Aspen Institute first selected 120 two-year colleges from the pool of about 1,000 eligible institutions.  From the 120, the institute selected 10 finalists that offer the best outcomes in four areas: degree completion or transfer to four-year colleges, success in job market, student learning, and equity of opportunity and successes for underserved students.

    “The Aspen Prize process evaluated more than a thousand community colleges. Being one of the top ten is itself something to celebrate,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “College of the Ouachitas’ recognition is well-deserved. In a region with limited economic opportunity, the College works hard to provide students with the tools and support they need to be successful in the classroom and in the workforce. From analyzing data on student success, to altering remedial math and English programs, to building strong relationships with regional employers, everything the college does is trained to improve student learning and completion so that graduates have the best chance to succeed in life after graduating. Above all else, College of the Ouachitas works to raise and maintain academic rigor, resulting in three-year graduation and transfer rates significantly increasing over the past several years.”

    Among the reasons College of the Ouachitas stands out as one of the nation’s top community colleges:
    • Steady increases in the number of credentials awarded – from 28 for every 100 full-time equivalent students in 2006, up to 46 in 2010
    • 47% of first-time full-time students graduate or transfer within three years, compared to the national average of 40%
    • Serves low-income student body -- 61% of first-time full-time undergraduates receive Pell grants

    To View College of the Ouachitas information on the Aspen Institute’s Website, go to:
    http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-prize/2013-aspen-prize/CollegeoftheOuachitas

    College of the Ouachitas Media Contact
    Amber Childers, (501)332-0234, amber@coto.edu
     

  • On Friday, April 19th, College of the Ouachitas will conduct an Emergency Preparedness Exercise.  The College will be testing its current processes and procedures in a simulated emergency situation.  While it will appear to be a “regular” day on the campus, it will be anything but regular.  Once the “situation” occurs, the campus will test its reaction in the case of a real emergency.

    Local first responders have been notified and will be involved as well as the entire campus. This exercise is designed to test as many parts of the College’s reaction/response as possible.

    This simulated exercise will impact the entire campus and it is extremely important that everyone treat the exercise as if it were the real thing. Since the exercise is on a Friday, the College will have fewer students on campus as normal but for those that are on campus, normal activities will be disrupted, so every individual should plan accordingly.

    The College is conducting the exercise as part of its continuous improvement plan as it makes every effort to be as prepared as possible for any type of emergency on campus. College of the Ouachitas takes the safety of its students, employees and guests very seriously.

    We will be sending out notices via our emergency notification system this week and next, reminding everyone of the exercise. If you do not receive these messages, it may be because you have not updated your contact information. Visit http://www.coto.edu/pages/schoolcast_information_students if you need assistance in updating your contact information. We will also use this notification system as part of the actual exercise.
     

  • PN Pinning Ceremony
    Friday, May 10, 2013
    1st Baptist Church
    531 S. Main Street
    Malvern, AR  72104
    Six-o’clock in the Evening
     

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