The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded CSULB’s Offices of Educational Equity Services (EES), Division of Student Services, a five-year grant totaling $2,257,296 to administer a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for students attending campus from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds. According to the U.S. Office of Migrant Education, the university’s proposal was among the top-ranked applications.
CAMP is a federally funded plan to assist institutions of higher education to recruit, enroll and retain migrant college students. California is home to more than 200,000 migrant students who account for approximately one-quarter of the total U.S. migrant student population. Migrant farm workers reach the average of the seventh grade in their education. Twenty percent complete less than three years of schooling while just 15 percent complete 12 years or more.
This is the third consecutive award to CSULB of a five-year CAMP grant, said Howard Wray, executive director of Educational Equity Services and principal investigator and project administrator of CAMP. “The purpose of the grant is to annually recruit and enroll 40 migrant students at CSULB and to retain at least 86 percent of them into their second year,” he said. “The award period is from July 2010 through June 2015.”
The funding supports the central operating staff of the program including a full-time director, a counselor, a recruiter, an administrative assistant and a part-time clerical and tutorial staff. In addition, funds will be used to recruit and retain migrant students as well as sponsor orientation seminars for parents and incoming students.
Forty students will be enrolled and served per year for a total of 200 over the five-year period. “Each student served will be able to help younger students and their families understand the significance of having a college degree and how to achieve it,” said Wray.
Only 33 percent of California migrant students enroll in college preparatory courses. Further, only 12 percent of migrant students meet state standards in English performance and only 18 percent meet state standards in mathematics. “California migrant students lag an average of three years behind non-migrant students at all academic levels,” he said. “And only one percent of California migrant students enroll in any postsecondary program.”