College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) - Washington State University

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) - Washington State University
State
Washington
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Support Services
Key Personnel
Program Focus
First Year Support,
Learning Community

Overview

WSU CAMP's mission is to improve the lives of migrant or seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) and their families through higher education attainment. CAMP’s claim is that qualified and motivated MSFW students, who participate in WSU CAMP and actively seek opportunities to engage with the university community will successfully complete their freshman year (24 credits) and be retained as they continue to their sophomore year. Additionally, students receive non-monetary support from CAMP staff during the entirety of their academic careers to reach the ultimate goal of graduation.

Program Description

In 2006, Latinx undergraduate enrollment at WSU was at about 1000 of 19,000 students – about 5% of the student body. This low number of Latinx students prompted the university to strategically provide programming which targeted Latinx student success. CAMP was part of this strategy.

CAMP is housed within Student Affairs with the intent to easily connect students to other service departments. WSU CAMP has evolved to include priority registration for classes, personalized academic coaching, a Spanish language parent-centric orientation, collaboration with other institutions, departments, and constituents for a regional leadership conference, a weekend personal development retreat, the inclusion of a career development course, and increased financial assistance ($1000 stipend).

Outcome

  • Students participating in CAMP are more likely to graduate compared to the control group, Latinx students not participating in CAMP, and the general student population at WSU.
  • WSU CAMP has averaged 90% first-year completion of 24 credits, and 98% retention Fall-to-Fall for freshmen completing 24 credits over the past ten (10) years. This performance is significant compared to WSU’s general New Freshmen Full-Time Student Fall-to-Fall retention rate of 79%, and all other Fall-to-Fall full-time, minority, low income, and first-generation students of 75%.
  • The WSU CAMP Graduation Rate for 4 – 6 years is 13% higher than the general WSU population, 16% higher than the control group made up of migrant or seasonal farm working qualified students, and 19% higher than the general Latinx student population.