Campus News

  • TRiO sponsored, Embracing Diversity, an annual cultural event, will be held February 26 & 27, in the COTO Great Room, 9am-3pm.  Everyone is welcome to come walk through the display.

  • One prerequisite for the program is completion of DATA 1123 Fundamentals of Information Technology.  If you took the class before 2003 the information you learned is too old for credit (check transcript for date) or if you have never taken the class, then you will want to take the Fundamentals of Information Technology Test Out.  The test will be given:

    Friday, February 22, 9 a.m. to noon
    Testing Center, Room A306
    Contact Person:  Josh Holiman, Testing Proctor, 501.332.0225

    This is the last testing date for the May 2013 RN Entry Date.

    How do you register for the test?  Call Mr. Holiman by Thursday, January 24 noontime, to reserve a seat.  Arrive early on Friday morning and go to the Business Office window (Rebrenda Schulz) to pay your $50 fee.  Show your receipt to Mr. Holiman when you arrive for the test.

    What information is covered on the test?  The test is comprised of 6 parts: 
       • Computer Concepts (50 Multiple Choice and True/False questions)
       • Demonstrate proficiency in File Management
       • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office 2010 programs: 
            o Word
            o Excel
            o Access
            o PowerPoint

    How do I know if I passed the test?  The business faculty grade the exam; they will contact you by phone within a week of the test date. You must score 70 percent or better on each component to receive credit for the course.

    How is credit recorded on my transcript?  If you pass, credit (CR) is recorded on your official transcript.  No grade is earned; therefore, the credit does not calculate into your GPA.

    May I retake the test if I don’t pass?  Yes.  You can pay the $50 testing fee again and re-take the test once. Another version of the test will be given in February.  Check website and electronic signs for specific date and time.  If you do not pass the second attempt, you will need to enroll in the class and earn a grade.

  • All COTO campus offices will be closed 8:00am-12:00pm, on Friday, January 18, 2013, due to employee In-Service Meetings. Offices will reopen at 12:00pm. 

  • Spring 2013 student email information has been uploaded into our emergency notification system (SchoolCast). Students should have received an email with their user name and password. Once you receive this information you should visit and update your contact information. Our system has the capability to send alerts via email, telephone, mobile phone, and mobile phone text messages. You should have at least one telephone contact. This system is how you will be notified of campus emergencies and closings.

    If you did not receive the email with your login information, make sure that your email address on file is correct. You can verify/update your email information by logging into Self-Service and clicking the My Profile tab then Account Information. Be sure to save your changes in Self-Service. If you have any questions or need help with SchoolCast or Self-Service, contact the helpdesk at 501.332.0285 or email


  • College of the Ouachitas will be open on regular schedule on Wednesday, January 16th.
    We advise caution and good judgment about venturing from your homes to commute to the College.
    Have a good evening!

  • College of the Ouachitas will be closing at 3 p.m. today, January 15, 2013, due to inclement weather currently affecting Central Arkansas.  Classes beginning at 2:30 or later have been cancelled.
    We urge you to use extreme caution and good judgment while driving and maneuvering the roadways.  Your safety is our utmost priority! Please do not take any unnecessary risks.


  • College Transfer Fair March 5, 10:00am-1:00pm, in the Great Room (A300).  Visit with college admissions representatives from all over the state.  For more information, contact Frances Nelson, TRiO Transfer/Career Counselor, at 501.332.0215.  Sponsored by TRiO Student Support Services.

  • Men On a Mission (M.O.M.) Interest Meetings will be held on Tuesday, January 22, and Wednesday, January 23, at 12:15pm in the Ballard Conference Room (A502).

  • NEW student (never attended any college) Orientation/Registration will be held on Thursday, January 10, at 1:00pm.  Contact Student Affairs, at 501.332.0280, for more information.

  • Coffee, teas, and hot chocolate are available for purchase in the bookstore. There are many flavors to choose from.