Program to help migrant students gets national attention
CSU Monterey Bay has been honored as one of the best campuses in the country when it comes to helping migrant students succeed in college.
The university’s College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP, a project designed to help students from migrant farm worker families pursue higher education, was named one of the top 10 at guiding them through the first year of university studies in a ranking by the U.S. Department of Education.
Two years ago, 98 percent of CAMP students successfully completed the academic year. Only five schools in the country had a higher success rate. And 89 percent of those students enrolled for their sophomore year, beating the national target in that category by four percentage points. When efficiency and effectiveness were considered, CSUMB ranked among the top three schools nationwide in the dollar amount spent to provide services.
The program offers pre-college transition and first-year support to help students develop the skills needed to stay in school and graduate. Services include help with admissions and financial aid, parent orientations, high school and community outreach events and summer orientation programs.
CAMP is just one example of how CSUMB is committed to making college accessible to all students. That commitment is one of the principles on which CSUMB was founded – to provide access to excellence for students who reflect the state’s diversity.
“Driven by CSUMB’s Vision, our outreach and support programs serve the underrepresented students of our area by helping them succeed in high school, getting them informed of college opportunities and financial aid, preparing them for entrance exams, and supporting them as they enter and eventually graduate from CSUMB,” said Perry Angle, director of Early Outreach and Support Programs.