1. Priority Guidelines for Funding IRAs:

Priority guidelines for funding IRA proposals are governed by California Education Code 89230:


“Instructionally related activities” means those activities and laboratory experiences that are at least partially sponsored by an academic discipline or department and that are, in the judgment of the president of a particular campus, with the approval of the trustees, integrally related to its formal instructional offerings.

Activities that are considered to be essential to a quality educational program and an important instructional experience for any student enrolled in the respective program may be considered "instructionally related activities."

Instructionally related activities include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(a) Radio, television, film: costs related to the provisions of basic “hands-on” experience not provided by the state. Purchase or rental of films as instructional aids shall not be included.

(b) Music and dance performance: costs to provide experience in individual and group performance, including recitals, before audiences and in settings sufficiently varied to familiarize students with the performance facet of the field.

(c) Theatre and musical productions: basic support of theatrical and operatic activities sufficient to permit experience not only in actual performance, but in production, direction, set design, and other elements considered a part of professional training in these fields.

(d) Art exhibits: support for student art shows given in connection with degree programs.

(e) Publications: the costs to support and operate basic publication programs including a periodic newspaper and other laboratory experience basic to journalism and literary training. Additional publications designed primarily to inform or entertain shall not be included.

(f) Forensics: activities designed to provide experience in debate, public speaking, and related programs, including travel required for a competitive debate program.

(g) Other activities: activities associated with other instructional areas that are consistent with purposes included in the above may be added as they are identified.

For CSU Student Fee Policy, please refer to Executive Order 1102

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