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Saturday, April 15, 2006


To gen an idea of the number of students that are helped/affected/empowered by the CAMP program, a picture is worth 999 words. I barely started my interviews this week and I'm finding a very even dislike of composition classes on the part of the students. For many of them, composition represents their most significant academic weakness. The answers on technology are mixed. Some are quite versed while others not as much.

"CAMP stands for College Assistance Migrant Program, a unique educational program at California State University, Sacramento that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds to succeed in college. CAMP was established in 1981 and has helped thousands of students accomplish their educational goals. CAMP offers you pre-college transition and first-year support services to help you develop the skills you need to stay in school and successfully graduate from college."
-- From Sac State's
CAMP website.


  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger TWI said…

    This is such an interesting program and one that, I have to admit, I had not heard of before this class. I think it's especially great that there is an emphasis (according to the CAMP website) on the first year of college, helping with the transition from high school and also focusing on academic studies. One question that might be interesting for your interview is whether students view technology and its multi-faceted literacy as something that they feel will be valued in the job market after CSUS. Will skills with technology serve as another opportunity, or another gateway for these students? As an undergrad myself, I had no idea what I'd be doing once I got out of school, so this question may not lead to specific answers. Still, keep up the good work.

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger cgabor said…

    Antonio --

    I agree with Trevor - that would be an interesting question.

    I am also keen to learn about the technology that they liked -- was it in comp classes or elsewhere?

    I am also interested in learning more about *why* they disliked their FYC experiences. Is it writing classes in general, or specific assignments, instructor attitudes, lack of support, etc.?

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