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

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) serves students with a personal or familial work history in migrant or seasonal farm work. Washington State University (WSU) houses a CAMP project serving the 160,000 migrant and/or seasonal agricultural workers in Washington. CAMP-WSU's student population is overwhelmingly Latino. Services are provided in Spanish/English to deeply connect students to the mission of CAMP: To provide support to improve the academic success and experience of students so that they may complete their first year of college and continue on to graduation.

Program Description

WSU serves almost 3,000 Latino students on its main campus located in Pullman, WA; approximately 13% of the undergraduate student body. CAMP was funded in 2006 and housed within Student Affairs with the intent to offer individualized advising, recruitment, and tutoring. WSU CAMP has evolved to include priority registration for classes, personalized academic coaching, a Spanish language parent-centric orientation, collaboration with other CAMP programs for a regional leadership conference, and a weekend personal development retreat, the inclusion of a career development course, and increased financial assistance through a $1000 stipend – all activities are designed to bridge service gaps for Latino students.

Outcome

  • Increased completion of credit hours: On average, 90% of each of the last five CAMP cohorts completed 24 credits. In the 2017 cohort, 93% of students completed 24 credits.
  • Increased fall-to-fall retention: The average fall-to-fall retention rate for the last five CAMP cohorts was 98% compared to WSU’s general new, full-time freshman retention rate of 79% and 75% for all other full-time, first-generation students.