The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at St. Edward's recently received the prestigious Texas Higher Education Star Award. The award, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, honors exemplary higher education programs committed toward the goals of the state's "Closing the Gaps by 2015" higher education plan. Of more than 50 award applicants, the Coordinating Board selected nine finalists and only four award winners.
An important part of the St. Edward's University mission is providing an academically rigorous education to a culturally, economically and religiously diverse student body. First offered in 1972, CAMP at St. Edward's is the longest continuously running migrant education program in the nation and has served more than 2,200 migrant students. In addition to the Star Award, the university's program has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model and has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a national model for multicultural teaching and learning. CAMP has made national headlines -- the program was featured in a segment on ABC World News by former migrant worker and journalist John Quiñones, and President George E. Martin's essay "St. Edward's University: Migrant Students" (pdf format) was recently published in Powerful Partnerships: Independent Colleges Share High-impact Strategies for Low-income Students' Success, Volume 5. The journal, produced by the Lumina Foundation and the Council of Independent Colleges, features essays by 15 independent university presidents.
"As full participants in the St. Edward's educational experience CAMP students are transformed," said Martin. "They, in turn, enrich the university's learning community. CAMP stands as evidence that a well-designed and caringly executed educational program can help students excel despite seemingly insurmountable childhood barriers to individual achievement."
Additional 2004 Star Award winners include:
- Amarillo College - Community Link.
- University of Houston-Downtown - College of Science & Technology Scholars Academy
- University of Texas at El Paso - Law School Preparation Institute.
Download President Martin s essay St. Edward s University: Migrant Students (pdf)