Campus News

  • COTO evening classes ARE scheduled as planned. College officials are keeping a close eye on weather conditions. Unless we post something to the contrary, always assume we are open. Any changes in operation will be sent via text alerts (SchoolCast), the College website (COTO.edu), Facebook, Twitter, and local TV stations.

  • College of the Ouachitas was named in September as one of 10 finalists for a prestigious prize that recognizes “high achievement and performance in the nation’s community colleges”.

    The 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence will be awarded in March in Washington, D.C., according to a news release by the Aspen Institute. The winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction will share the $1 million prize fund. 

    College of the Ouachitas is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education located in Malvern, AR that serves a rural, five-county service area located in south-central Arkansas. It is the only public two-year college chartered to serve Hot Spring and Clark counties, and shares service provision in Grant, Saline, and Dallas counties. The College provides educational services focused on Adult Education in an outreach center in Sheridan, AR and for the past ten years provided a vocational program in Arkadelphia, AR. Annual enrollments include over 2,100 credit and 4,000 non-credit students.

    College President, Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, announced the news to COTO faculty and staff in the campus’ main foyer. He stated to the gathered crowd, “I am extremely proud of the faculty and staff here at the College. It is your dedication, hard work, and persistent efforts that have been invested in our students, and our students' success, which is being rewarded through this national recognition”.

    The finalists were selected from an original national pool of more than 1,000 colleges, and narrowed down in April 2012 to a list of 120 “top” community colleges in the nation, based on publicly available student performance and graduation data collected by the U.S. Department of Education.  College of the Ouachitas is the only college in Arkansas on the Top Ten list.

    The Aspen Institute pointed out in its release that “the administration and faculty are focused on providing students with the tools and support they need, placing a premium on identifying concrete ways to change entire college programs to improve student learning and completion. As a result, three-year graduation and transfer rates have increased steadily over the past several years from 40% in 2006 to 52% in 2010.”

    The award spotlights and celebrates excellence at a time when community college success is more important to the nation than ever before. “College of the Ouachitas is both honored and humbled to be included in such high rankings,” President Schoonmaker remarked.

  • NEW ENTRY to the RN program!!  Testing for entry into the RN program will be on FEBRUARY 1 or FEBRUARY 8!  The program will begin Summer II (May 2013).

    • You MUST sign up on the website to take the exam. 
    • All prereqs must be completed beforehand.
    • Bring your unofficial transcripts with you on the day you take the entrance exam.

    Go to "Testing Services" on the left, find "RN Admissions Assessment", then "Click here to register".

    For more information, please call the Allied Health Division at 501.332.0309.

  • Just a reminder that the spring 2013 student email information has been uploaded into our emergency notification system (SchoolCast). As we progress into the spring semester, the chance of severe weather increases. Students should have received an email with their user name and password and a great number of us have updated our contact information. If you have not updated this information, you should visit https://www.myschoolcast.com 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 studenthelp@coto.edu.
     

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, will be the LAST day to CHARGE books or supplies to financial aid in the bookstore, OR RETURN books with a drop slip.

  • 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 https://www.myschoolcast.com 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 studenthelp@coto.edu.

     

  • 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!
     

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