Campus News

  • The first disbursement of summer financial aid refunds is scheduled for Friday, June 14th.  Checks may be picked up at the Business Office from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday. They will also be available June 17th -21st from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You must have your student I.D and Drivers License in order to pick up your check. The second disbursement is scheduled for Friday, July 12th.

  • Summer 2013 student, faculty, and staff information has been uploaded into our new emergency notification system (Blackboard Connect).  A test message was sent out today. This system is how you will be notified of campus emergencies and closings. If you did not receive the message please go to the following links for instructions to setup your account.

    Students go here

    Faculty and staff go here

    If you have any questions or need help with Blackboard Connect, contact the helpdesk at 501.332.0285 or email

  • 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!

  • 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:

    College of the Ouachitas Media Contact
    Amber Childers, (501)332-0234,