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

CAMP-WSU is a first-year experience program and has averaged 90% first-year completion of 24 credits, and 98% retention Fall-to-Fall over the past five (5) years – recorded and verified by the US DOE.  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%. WSU