August 27, 2013

UW’s College Assistance Migrant Program Ranked No. 1 in the Nation

By Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

CAMP Top RankingThe University of Washington’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) received a No. 1 national ranking for scoring 100 percent on a pair of federal performance measures, the Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education announced at its annual directors meeting in Arlington, Va., July 17-18.

Federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered through the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), CAMP supports students from migrant and seasonal farm working families. It helps them persist through their first year of college and graduate with a baccalaureate degree.  Services include tutoring, mentoring, career development and financial support.

Read more about CAMP in this Seattle Times article.

eNews Fall 2013Of the 40 CAMP programs throughout the country, UW was the only school to receive a perfect score on the two measures set by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) that assessed both the number of students that completed their first academic year and the number that went on to continue in higher education. Scores were based on data from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. That year, UW’s entire cohort of 61 CAMP students completed their first year of college and continued to a second year.

“This is very exciting news given that the program was first funded in 2010,” OMA&D Associate Vice President Gabriel Gallardo said. “It is also quite gratifying to demonstrate that migrant students who primarily come from rural communities in our state can be successful at a large, urban and research-intensive institution.”

Other schools that placed in the Top-10 for both the GPRA rankings included Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Sacramento, Eastern Washington, Cal State Monterey Bay, Oregon State, Cal State Fresno and the University of Idaho.

UW CAMP also ranked among the top-10 schools in the “Effective and Efficient” measure based on cost-effectiveness in working with CAMP students to complete their first academic year.

“Along with the CAMP staff members, I appreciate the support and collaboration from our partners in OMA&D, around campus and throughout the community in helping the program achieve its performance objectives with such distinction,” Gallardo added.

For more information about the UW CAMP program, please contact director Luz Iniguez (iniguezl@uw.edu).

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