Instructionally Related Activities

Qualification Requirements

Activity/Program Eligibility:

  • Essential to a quality educational program;
  • Provide an important instructional experience for any student enrolled in the respective program;
  • Substantially related to an instructional program and a direct extension of the in-class experience;
  • Directly involve faculty in the management and supervision of the activity/program;
  • Provide an identifiable benefit to a significant number of students;
  • Enhance the overall balance of university programs and the breadth and balance of IRA activities/programs;
  • Cannot duplicate another university certified activity.

If you answer "yes" to all the above, you are eligible to apply for certification.

Certification Process:

  • Requests for certification can happen anytime.
  • Your Dean or Director requests certification from the IRA Committee (Application Procedure).
  • The IRA Committee votes to recommend the activity/program as part of IRA.
  • The IRA Committee sends the recommendation to the Provost for final approval.


  • Certification and recognition as an Instructionally Related Activity does not guarantee funding.
  • If an activity/program that has been discontinued wishes to become recertified they must reapply for certification.

General Funding Process

  • Available funding for the following academic year is determined during the spring semester by the IRA Committee.
  • The IRA Committee allocates funding to each college Dean or Director.
  • The Dean or Director allocates funding to the individual activity/program.*
  • The funds are available beginning the following academic year.
(*) Contact your Dean or Director for details concerning your college/activity/program funding cycles.

Source of IRA Funds

  • Funding for activities/programs is provided by an Instructionally Related Activities fee paid by all students each semester when they enroll in University classes.
  • Funding requests must be for those costs that are not a part of the regular cost of instruction.