Our Mission

College of the Ouachitas Mission Statement

College of the Ouachitas is a public, two-year institution of higher education that continually identifies and addresses the changing learning needs of the communities it serves.


College of the Ouachitas Vision Statement

College of the Ouachitas’ vision is to be a college for the community—a community of successful, lifelong learners—working collectively to be responsive to the educational, cultural, social, economic, and environmental needs of the region.


College of the Ouachitas Purpose Statement

College of the Ouachitas provides:

  • Associate degree transfer programs that prepare learners to succeed at universities;
  • Degree and certificate programs that prepare learners to succeed in the workforce;
  • Academic and support services that respond to personal, social, and career planning needs of students;
  • Customized training and services  that assist businesses and individuals and aid economic development;
  • Partnerships with K-12 schools, other colleges and universities, businesses, industries, public agencies, and civic groups that support learning and promote the economic development of Arkansas;
  • Developmental courses and support services that promote collegiate-level success; and
  • Continuous improvement through a system of inquiry, evidence, and accountability.


College of the Ouachitas Value Statement

While strengthening our practice of being student-centered, we will guide our internal conduct as well as our relationships with those we serve by applying the values of learning, excellence, inclusion, integrity, respect and responsibility.

  • Learning—curiosity, knowledge, understanding
  • Excellence—innovation, quality, performance
  • Inclusion—diversity, collaboration, engagement
  • Integrity—honesty, ethics, sincerity
  • Respect—trust, dignity, fairness
  • Responsibility—accountability, commitment, stewardship


College of the Ouachitas 2016-2017 Strategic Plan