Established in 1972, St Edward’s University (SEU) has the only CAMP that has been in continuous operation. The CAMP enables students from migrant and seasonal farm worker families to achieve their dream of a college degree. These students are first-generation college goers, who have often times experienced disruptions in their primary and secondary education while migrating with their families to work in the fields. Further, more than 98% of SEU's CAMP students are Latino. CAMP provides these students with full tuition and comprehensive support services proven to promote successful transition from high school to college and college completion. While federal support is limited to freshmen, SEU provides CAMP sophomores through seniors with ongoing full tuition and tutoring.
The mission of the CAMP is to help migrant students transform their lives, and the lives of their families, by obtaining their college degree. The primary goal is for freshmen through senior CAMP students to persist and graduate at rates that (1) exceed the national average for low-income first generation college students, and (2) are comparable to the rates of all degree-seeking traditional undergraduates at St. Edward’s University.
To date, the St. Edward’s CAMP has served more than 2,700 migrant students, enrolling 35 or more new CAMP freshmen each year. In 2012, more than 95% of the CAMP students completed the first year with a one-year retention rate of 82.9%. The six-year graduation rate for the 2006 CAMP cohort was 62.2%, which compares favorably with the overall six-year graduation rate of 68.8% for all incoming 2006 St. Edward’s freshmen, and exceeds the national average of 50.2% for first-generation students attending a four-year institution. Of the 194 graduates (through December 2012) among the 2000-2009 CAMP cohorts, 28% graduated with honors. In August 2011, the Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education (OME) selected the St. Edward’s CAMP for a site visit based on performance reports “demonstrating consistently high results”.
This program was recognized as an Honorable Mention for making innovative and/or significant improvement in increasing Latino student success.