Institution
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
New Mexico State University-Main Campus
College Assistance Migrant Program
Milton Hall, Room 16
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
United States

In 2002, the Department of Education awarded New Mexico State University a College Assistance Migrant Program (NMSU-CAMP) grant to serve the educational needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Currently in its sixth year, the program serves 134 Latino students. CAMP is a residential program based in a centralized dormitory to facilitate access to university resources and to CAMP offices, study halls and computer labs. First-year mechanisms to retain students include: support from staff, peers and CAMP alumni; family involvement; learning community residential living system; a special course section of University 150 exclusively for CAMP students; educationally tailored workshops; and art and cultural activities. The program also provides financial assistance for housing, meal plans, comprehensive health exams and stipends for textbooks and training during freshman year.

Goal/Mission

The mission of NMSU-CAMP is to retain students at the end of the freshman year and enroll them into their second academic year. The long-term goal is to graduate CAMP alumni with Bachelor's degrees from NMSU.

Outcome

One of CAMP's greatest accomplishments is the recruitment of Latino students to post-secondary education who otherwise would not have entered a college setting. 95% of the students who enter NMSU via CAMP finish their first full year of college. Since 2002, NMSU-CAMP has served 410 students with an average overall retention rate (freshman to senior) of 73%, higher than NMSU’s overall freshman retention rate of 70%. CAMP's freshman retention rate for 2016 was 85.2%, with 91% of freshmen entering their third semester of College after their freshman year. With a total of 145 graduates, CAMP’s average graduating GPA is 3.17. 23 CAMP students have completed a Master’s degree, and one has completed a Ph.D program. CAMP students have been degree recipients in various disciplines including: Biology, Accounting, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Criminal Justice, Government and Social Work. Today, CAMP is very proud to say that 73% of their graduates are currently working across New Mexico’s professional workforce. 

Program Focus
Learning Community