Instructionally Related Activities

ira activities

What is an IRA?

An Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) is an "out-of-class experience" that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning at Cal Poly. Funding for all recognized IRAs is provided through student fees. All IRA programs/activities are partially sponsored by an academic dean or department and are "integrally related" to a formal instructional offering.

General IRA Information

2014-2015 Allocations

Call for Proposals for 2015-16 Academic Year

Proposals are now being accepted for first-time and continuing IRA recognition.

  • Requests for IRA recognition and funding are initiated through faculty or staff advisors, who submit the proposals to the colleges.  The IRA Advisory Committee reviews all requests for recognition and forwards their recognition recomendations to the campus President. With advice from the College Student Councils, the Deans and VP Student Affairs review funding requests and make funding recommendations for the recognized IRAs within their college/area.  These recommendations are forwarded, via the IRA Advisory Committee, to the campus President for approval.
  • Please bear in mind that the total amount of IRA funding available increases only slightly each year, if at all, and can drop if campus or individual college enrollments drop.  Therefore, recognition as an IRA in no way guarantees funding.  Potential new activities are encouraged to research those IRAs already operating on campus and, if the activities proposed are similar, to contact the existing activity and discuss the possibility of working together.

Deadlines to submit forms to your Dean's office:


Sample Approved Recognition Applications

Proposers may find these helpful in preparing New Recognition Requests and Budget Proposals


Additional Information

News & Updates

Academic Plan



Program Review