Campus News

  • Spring Break is March 23-27.  Campus will be OPEN Monday-Wednesday, 8a-4:30p.  Library will open at 7:30a.  Math Lab hours are 9a-12p.
    Campus will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday.

  • Kwin Black MS, RD, LD will present a Diabetes Self-Care Workshop Saturday, March 14th from 9 am - 4 pm with lunch from 1 -2 pm at College of the Ouachitas. The workshop will take place in the Lecture Hall, room A-309. Cost is $125. Register at – community ed. Please call 501-332-0210 for more information.

    • Diabetes Overview
    • Healthy Eating with Diabetes
    • Heathy Shopping/Food Preparation
    • Self-care Activities and Diabetes
    • Monitoring Blood Sugar
    • Healthy Diabetes Maintenance
  • College of the Ouachitas is open at regular operating hours, today, Wednesday, February 18.   We understand that each route is affected differently, therefore we encourage you to use good judgment and caution when commuting to the campus. Please be safe in your travels.

  • As a reminder, in the event of an emergency closing, College of the Ouachitas will send emergency notifications in the following formats: via text, phone call, and/or email, post to Facebook, Twitter and on, as well as notify 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.
    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. In cases where the college remains open, individuals should assess hazardous weather conditions in their own areas and make their own judgment calls before traveling.

    Please be sure to register for phone and email notifications and that information is current. 
    Simply follow the link below for step by step instructions.


  • Library - General Tutoring

    Crystal Lewis: Tutoring Coordinator

    (Special areas-Math, Physical Science. Comp, Psychology, study skills – all Arts & Sciences)                

    M, W         8:00 – 9:30 and 10:30 – 4:30

    Tuesday    8:00 – 8:30 and 11:00 – 4:30

    Thursday   8:00 – 8:30 and 11:00 – 4:30

    *Friday by Appointment


    Jonathan Goodman:

    (Special areas – Nursing, comp – all Arts & Sciences)

    T, TH   2:30 – 4:30


    Betty Wallace:

    (Special areas – Nursing, comp, College Algebra, sciences)

    M, T, W   11:00 – 4:30

    *Thursday and Friday by appointment


    Melanie Johnston:

    (Special area – Accounting)

    M   8:00 – 4:30

    W   8:00 – 1:00


    Arts and Sciences Building Room G108

    Sean Elkin, Instructor      T, TH   12:15 – 1:00

    Math for all Levels


    Science Building Room B109

    Lisa Irwin, Assoc. Prof.      M, T, W, TH   12:15 – 12:45

                                              *Other times by appointment

    Biological Sciences including Biology, API, APII, Microbiology, & Environmental Sciences


    Science Building Room B103

    Basil Miller, Part time faculty      T, TH   5:00 – 6:00 pm

    Physical Science & Chemistry


    **Appointments are not required for tutoring, but are recommended. **

    Open Math Lab on Fridays for students get ahead in these classes.  

  • College of the Ouachitas recently announced the President’s and Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.  Students on the President’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.  Those named to the President’s List include Hot Spring County residents: Tommy Adams, Donna Bost, Ashley Clements, Bobbie Crossno, Jeremy Freeman, Cheyanne Hall, Brittany Murphy, and Amanda Porterfield; Saline County residents: Sarah Cooper, Patricia Specht, and Jamie Witham; Clark County residents: Cynthia Lemons, Erica Noumba-Yonkeu, Juliann Riley, and Tanya Tucker; Grant County residents: Brandi Cosby, David Jordan, and Brandi Phillips; and Garland County resident: Karen Sharp.

    Students named to the Dean’s List have earned 12 or more credit hours in college level courses and achieved a 3.50 grade point average for the semester.  Those named to the Dean’s List include Hot Spring County residents: Abby Bailey, Danielle Balding, Sarah Beard, Courtney Blacklock, Stephanie Boren, Stephanie Branch, Krista Childers, Priscilla Clary, Justin Collie, Taylor Cook, Ronnie Edwards, Keri Fulton, Tyler Gill, Austin Hall, Dovie Hardwick, Lauren Harper, Saige Ivy, Lisa Jones, Donna Jones, Lacey Kettell, Asia McCollum, Jennifer Nichols, William Ottinger, Kaitlyn Porter, Madison Raper, Austin Ray, Summer Revels, Brandon Rimmer, Justin Rudolph, Ashley Russell, and David Williams; Saline County residents: Elizabeth Crumpler, Holly Gerlach, and Kari Maxwell; Clark County residents: John Coston, Briana Freeman, Gloria Hendrix, Anitra Horton, Samantha Kuyper, Mathew McClenahan, Stacy Shuman, Paralee Taylor, Loraine Walker, Beverly Williams, and Yvonne Wilson; Grant County residents: Melissa Allen, Levi Boudra, Nathan Clark, Kayla Conner, Laci Cunningham, Brittany Freeman, Hannah Goodman, Stephanie Mitchell, Morganne Price, and Cole Sanders; and Garland County resident: Tristan Garner.

  • Here at College of the Ouachitas, we are dedicated to student success. This is campus wide, and part of the mission to engage, educate, and empower all of our students.

    New Discipline Specific Tutoring Opportunities Added this Semester!

    • Math for all Levels – by Instructor Sean Elkin on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 – 1 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences Building, Room G108
    • Biological Sciences including Biology, API, APII, Microbiology, and Environmental Sciences – by Associate Professor Lisa Irwin, Monday – Thursday, 12:15 – 12:45 in her office, located in the Science Building across from the Courtyard Café.
    • Don’t forget that we have open Math Lab on Fridays for students to come in and get ahead in these classes.

    Mini-Mesters Starting March 9th!
    COTO is offering Spring mini-mesters that will go for 8 weeks starting on March 9th on both the Sheridan site and the Malvern Campus.
    In Sheridan, classes offered will be US History Since 1865 on Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:50pm, and Oral Communications on Monday and Wednesday, 6:00pm-8:50pm.
    On the Malvern Campus, classes being offered include Psychology, Civ since the 16th Century, and Fundamentals of Information Technology with dates and times to be announced soon!

    Reminder for Students Who Want to Get Ahead!
    The Summer Schedule is already out. It may be accessed by going to You may also filter for Sheridan campus only if you are interested in attending on that site. Please speak with advisors early and often.

  • College of the Ouachitas Nursing plans to increase the number of students accepted into the PN program beginning May 2015.  Prospective PN students should register to take the nursing entrance exam in March.  "I think this decision will be a benefit to our community and our students," said Debbie Freyman, Health Sciences Dean.

  • Join TRiO Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Great Room for lunch. A lot of things will be taking place this semester and we want to make sure you are ready! Come spend a little time with us and let us help you complete the semester successfully!

    Earn a point on your TRiO Rewards Card and find out who is the January lucky winner of the bookstore gift certificate!

    Hope to see you there!

  • Today, College of the Ouachitas’ President, Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, will join President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. 

    The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.  
    College of the Ouachitas has a history of being on the forefront of innovation regarding student success. Modular math has been a curricular mainstay since 2003, long before most colleges considered using it.  Our College and Career Access Program, which provides the most academically at-risk students free remediation services on campus so they do not expend financial aid before entering college-level classes was the first of its kind in Arkansas.  The College’s designation in 2012 as an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and a Center for Working Families 2012 Sustaining Innovator award recipient illustrates the College’s commitment to student success. 

    Since the College’s selection as a Top Ten Community College in the Nation by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence in 2013, we have continued to identify and initiate innovative practice to increase student success.  The College has furthered its commitment to accelerated academic progress, integrated support services for students’ success, increased certificate and degree attainment, and facilitated workforce acclimatization.  Adoption of the “Engage—Educate—Empower” focus for student success is the latest evidence of campus-wide commitment to fulfilling the College’s degree attainment mission.

    The College plans to increase degree completion resulting in greater transfer and job placement or promotion rates through the implementation of national initiatives such as Guided Pathways, Mathways Project, and the Academy for College Excellence Arkansas effort.  Additionally, the College is scaling existing student success support services to all members of the campus community as we develop a comprehensive one-stop advising and student success coaching center to help students be aware, and take advantage, of the services available at the College.  These initiatives provide a holistic approach for our students to understand the value of degree attainment and to realize degree completion as an achievable goal. 

    President Schoonmaker stated from the White House summit, “I am honored to be representing College of the Ouachitas in DC today as we announce the College’s commitment to increase student access by more than 25%; and to raise our students’ success completion headcount rate by more than 150% by the year 2020.  These are ambitious goals; however, they are made based on a multi-year, data-informed, and campus-tailored process that has created an intentional and integrated set of student success initiatives to achieve greater access and completion.”
    Dr. Schoonmaker continued, “I believe these innovations are integral to the College’s fulfillment of the courageous and collaborative leadership required in our communities to transform and revitalize rural Arkansas, and rural America.  I look forward to today’s meeting with the President and First Lady, along with other higher education leaders, to map out plans to better prepare a skilled workforce to sustain and improve our local, regional, national, and global economies for decades to come.”

    Today’s participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    The President will announce new steps on how his Administration is helping to support these actions, including announcing $10 million to help promote college completion and a $30 million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college.  Today’s event is the second College Opportunity Day of Action, and will include a progress report on the commitments made at the first day of action on January 14, 2014.

    Expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college, especially low-income and underrepresented students, is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.  Today, only 9 percent of those born in the lowest family income quartile attain a bachelor’s degree by age 25, compared to 54 percent in the top quartile. In an effort to expand college access, the Obama Administration has increased Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year, created the new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth up to $10,000 over four years of college, limited student loan payments to 10 percent of income, and laid out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition.