CA Program FAQ

Who is eligible to become a CA and what are the requirements?

  • Full-time registered commuter sophomore, junior or senior student at the start of the Fall 2014 semester.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at time of application. You must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to continue your appointment in the position.
  • Student involvement and leadership experience.
  • Willingness and ability to model appropriate behavior, goal-setting and mentoring for FTIC commuter students.

What are the responsibilities of a CA?

  • Serve as a role model for a group of approximately 40 commuter students.
  • Serve as an advocate for the interests, needs, and rights of commuter students.
  • Utilize Map-Works, a comprehensive student success and retention tool, to help coordinate early intervention programs with commuter students.
  • Help commuter students make connections to campus resources, academic resources, and student organizations on campus.
  • Create programs for your assigned group of students to help them transition to the university and integrate them into campus life.
  • Maintain weekly contact with your assigned group of students (via face-to-face, email, phone, FB, twitter, etc.).
  • Work with Commuter Student Services to plan, promote, and implement initiatives specifically focused on FTIC commuter students.
  • Actively participate in Weeks of Welcome programming including the Commuter Student Welcome Event and of the annual Commuter Awareness Kick-off.
  • Devote approximately 5 hours per week to the Commuter Assistant Program.

What is the time commitment for being a CA?

  • CA positions are for one academic semester beginning in August 2014 through December 2014 (approximately 16 weeks).
  • Approximately 5 hours per week; additional hours may be needed for special events
  • Mandatory training sessions will be Friday April 18, 2014 and Friday August 15, 2014.

What is the hiring process Timeline?

Selection Timeline
Monday, January 20 Applications Available Online
Friday, February 21 Application Packets due to Dean of Students Office by 5:00pm
February, 24-28 (Mon-Fri) Interviews
Friday, March 7 All candidates will be notified of final decisions
Friday,  April 18 Spring Training Day (all day)
Friday, August 15 Fall Training Day (all day)

Who can I contact for additional questions?

You can e-mail Commuter Student Services at, call us at (832) 842-6183, and/or come visit us in room 252 of the University Center.

What is Map-Works?

The University of Houston is proud to offer MAP-Works, a first year success program for new freshmen and transfer students. MAP-Works is a survey based tool that will help assist students in establishing roots and developing positive habits in order to succeed at UH and beyond. Please click here for more information.