ERIC Number: ED218055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Ordinary People Meet an Extraordinary Challenge.
Walsh, Stephen V.
When St. Edward's University was awarded the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) in 1972, it found that migrant high school students had the lowest educational achievement level and fewer educational opportunities, an overpowering litany of difficulties faced them upon entering college, and the federal and state system of financial aid worked to their detriment. Therefore, St. Edward's redefined admissions and academic standards based on new academic assessments; developed new teaching and learning strategies, programs, staffing patterns, and multi- cultural settings; and revised the financial aid form and timelines. Because of its experience with CAMP, the university questioned its admission criteria; replicated, with modifications, support programs for use with all students; changed its faculty, staff, and trustees composition to reflect the student body; became more conscientious about teaching and learning; and implemented a student peer and role model program to help students adjust to their new environment. To date, 87% of the 1,200 CAMP students have completed the program and 72% have earned a degree or are still enrolled. About $1.90 of every dollar spent on CAMP is returned to society as compared to $1.29 and $1.14 for CETA's (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Job Corps and Classroom Training, respectively; and CAMP graduates start roughly at $3,000 more per year. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College Assistance Migrant Program; Saint Edwards University TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Migrant Child Education Conference (16th, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 26-29, 1982).