Programs and Services for Students
In support of Caltech's culture of peer-to-peer learning, studying, teaching, and mentoring, here are some examples of our work.
- Specialized Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) orientation
- Ongoing collaboration and programs in conjunction with the Undergraduate Academics and Research Committee (ARC), such as workshops for Course Ombuds and the Student Guide to Filling out TQFRs.
Course Ombuds: Large classes are often encouraged to have ombudspeople, or student representatives, who can voice suggestions and concerns to the teaching faculty. For large core classes, one ombudsperson is often chosen from each house. All of the students then meet with the professor, TAs, option representatives, or some combination of the above at least once before midterms and once after midterms. Faculty usually ask students to email them if interested in being an ombudsperson for the class, and some subset of these students is chosen. This program facilitates communication between students and the teaching faculty.